Two tournaments begin full month for Yampa Valley Golf Course
Top scores from Friday's Pro-Am at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig:
• Kyle Daniell — 72
• Jason Back — 73
• Tom Taylor — 74
• Mike Mendelson — 75
Men’s doubles winners Saturday:
• First flight gross score — Dan Brown and Earl Cherry, 107
• First flight net score — Todd Trapp and Ryan Duran, 92
• Second flight gross score — Rick Rayl and Tom Knez, 118
• Second flight net score — Matt Beckett and Justin Gallegos, 92
“That is a good start, it gives us something to work off of. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it and we’re hoping to be able to use that as a building block for next year.”
—Jason Back, head golf pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course, about trying to establish an annual Pro-Am tournament
Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig began its busiest month of the summer over the weekend with two tournaments, and Rifle made its mark on both.
Friday featured a Pro-Am that consisted of nine teams of four players — one professional and three amateurs per team.
The team from Rifle posted the top pro score, a 72 from Kyle Daniell, while his teammates Earl Cherry, John Savage and Jeb Savage helped the team garner a tie for first place overall.
They tied the foursome of pro Mike Mendelson (75) and amateurs Mike Paronto, Jim Billings and Marty Seacrest.
The teams’ overall scores were 129.
The prize for the first-place amateurs at the Pro-Am was $110 in clubhouse credit each.
It was the first Pro-Am hosted at YVGC in several years, according to club pro Jason Back, and it went well enough that he's hoping to be able to host more in the future.
“We had nine teams out and that is a good start, it gives us something to work off of,” Back said. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it and we’re hoping to be able to use that as a building block for next year.”
On Saturday, the course hosted a men’s doubles tournament, in which 25 teams of two played.
In two flights, there was clubhouse credit awarded to both the team with the best gross score and best net score.
Cherry was once again on the top team, posting a 107 gross score with teammate Dan Brown, garnering them each $112 in clubhouse credit.
The first flight winners in the net score (gross score minus handicap) were Todd Trapp and Ryan Duncan, who recorded a 92.
In the second flight, Rick Rayl and Tom Knez beat Jared and Tony Aragon in a playoff, and won the gross score contest with a 118.
Matt Beckett and Justin Gallegos had the top net score in the second flight at 92.
Back said both tournaments went off without a hitch and were aided by having excellent weather, something the golf course has enjoyed since it opened March 16.
“Both events went real well," he said. "The players enjoyed them, and we had good play all weekend. “We’ve had good play since the beginning of the spring. We opened up two weeks earlier than we did last year, and really it’s just been the wind fighting us this spring. I think people are getting sick of playing in it, sick of being in it period.”
The weekend was the first in the busiest month of the year for tournaments at the golf course.
The course is scheduled to play host to four more tournaments in June, closing with the Cottonwood Classic June 29 through July 1.
There are also ladies’ club and men’s club events happening each week.