Wolfgang Glaeser hits from the tee box on the seventh hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Glaeser and teammates Dave Dimick, Matt Winey and Chris Dotson took part in the Bear River Young Life Golf Tournament in Craig on Saturday.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Wolfgang Glaeser hits from the tee box on the seventh hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Glaeser and teammates Dave Dimick, Matt Winey and Chris Dotson took part in the Bear River Young Life Golf Tournament in Craig on Saturday.

Twist to tournament format produces lowest scores of summer at Yampa Valley Golf Course

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— Yampa Valley Golf Course played host to another tournament for local business and charity Saturday as the Bear River Young Life scramble saw 68 golfers hit the links.

The Young Life tournament took 17 teams of four players and put them in a unique scramble-format tournament. Each team had 20 feet worth of string that it could use to improve its shots over the course of 18 holes.

It led to some extremely low scores, including the winning team of Austin Zimmerman, Dan Brown, Glenn Navratil and Casey Nations, which shot a 23-under par 49 for the day.

Second place was just a stroke behind, shooting 50.

The string was a more efficient addition to the scramble than Young Life had used in years past.

“We used a throw the past couple years, where you could throw it for 10 feet to improve your shot,” said David Pressgrove, director of Young Life. “The string seemed like a more precise way to use that same idea. It just adds a little something to the game.”

The use of the string aided the scores in going lower than 18-hole rounds ever do, but utilizing it at the best times was an important piece of strategy, golfers said.

“String management was key,” Brown said. “Playing with your string in mind was important. Because once you get on the green, you didn’t need to focus on making your putt. You just needed to hit something within a foot or two.”

The winning team said it used all but about eight inches of string, mostly in increments of 18 inches or less to preserve its putt-finishing capabilities at the end of each hole.

All proceeds from the tournament went to Bear River Young Life and its goal of mentoring and enriching the lives of youths in Northwest Colorado.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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