Yampa Valley Golf Course closing 2012 with busy tournament slate

Yampa Valley Golf Course closing 2012 with busy tournament slate

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Fall golf tournaments at Yampa Valley Golf Course...

Yahoo Golf Tournament Sept. 15

Cory Pike Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 22

Yampa Cup Sept. 23

Rally For a Cure Oct. 6

While the busy golfing season has past in Craig, Yampa Valley Golf Course still has big weekends remaining in 2012.

The summer months are over and school has started up, meaning the amount of golf being played at Yampa Valley has gone down.

“There’s always that huge decline once school starts,” head golf professional Jason Back said. “It’s amazing every year. We do lose a lot of play once school begins. I think everybody just gets busy. The adults are busy with kids with sports.”

And while the course is not seeing as many rounds during the week, it will still be packed the next couple weekends, starting tonight with the Grand Futures Shot in the Dark Midnight Golf Tournament.

The tournament for charity, which starts at twilight, has had 11 teams of four players sign up, a good turnout for its first year, Back said.

On Saturday, the annual Yahoo Golf Tournament, which honors Ralph Knez and Jim Severson and donates money to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, will start at 9 a.m.

Back said 102 players (the tournament is for teams of two) have signed up to play in the Yahoo, one of YVGC’s biggest charity tournaments.

“It’s a busy weekend, a lot of fun,” Back said. “We get a lot of people coming in from out of town (for the Yahoo). It’s a fun tournament.”

Next weekend, the Cory Pike Memorial Tournament and the Yampa Cup will take place Saturday and Sunday. The annual Rally for a Cure Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 6.

While golfing numbers are down now from the summer, Back said it was a strong summer. The rounds played were up significantly from last year, he said, and the tournaments hosted at YVGC were successful.

“It’s been a good summer,” Back said. “Everything’s been great compared to last year. From last year it’s a night and day difference. We haven’t had any days we’ve been shut down.

“Our tournaments, the numbers were down in a few tournaments, which every golf course is dealing with in Colorado. But they’ve all gone well. We’re one of the lucky courses where we did not see declines or have to cancel tournaments like other courses around did.

"In our Cottonwood Classic for example, we were down six players. But in Battlement Mesa they canceled tournaments because they were down way more. We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had to think about that.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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