Jerry Hill tracks his putt on the ninth green Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Hill and teammates Don Smith, Sam Marquez and Ralph Marquez were playing the scramble format of The Wakonda Cup/Fore Fat Cor Golf Tournament, along with 21 other teams.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Jerry Hill tracks his putt on the ninth green Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Hill and teammates Don Smith, Sam Marquez and Ralph Marquez were playing the scramble format of The Wakonda Cup/Fore Fat Cor Golf Tournament, along with 21 other teams.

Wakonda Cup enjoys big success at Yampa Valley Golf Course

— In one of the final golf tournaments of the season, everything went the right way.

The Wakonda Cup/Fore Fat Cor Golf Tournament was played at Yampa Valley Golf Course on Saturday afternoon, raising money to fund a scholarship in the name of Cory Pike, who died from lymphoma in November 2009.

It was the fourth edition of the Fore Fat Cor and the most successful one yet, organizer Dave Pike said. The 88 players on 22 scramble teams amounted to the highest turnout, and it was among the best fundraisers the tournament has had.

“This was our biggest turnout ever, and I think it might be our biggest fundraiser,” Pike said. “We’re well over $4,000, and I think we’re just about at $5,000, once we get all the numbers finalized. That’s what I’m hoping for.”

Many of the golfers wore Hawaiian attire and came to the course in high spirits for the noon shotgun start. It attracted players from Craig and beyond. Jerry Hill and Ralph and Sam Marquez all came from Lovington, N.M., to support the cause.

All three men, playing alongside Don Smith, of Craig, said they were having a great time during their round. They would finish shooting a 63, one of three teams to tie for second place in gross score.

The winners on the day were Glenn Navratil, Dan Brown, Brett Etzler and Sontos Gomez, whose team score of 61 put them two clear of the field.

A team full of Pikes had good mojo on its side Saturday, as well. Norma, Tyler and Greg Pike, along with Kyle Vetter, took home the top net score prize with a handicap-adjusted 51.

After cold, heavy rains Friday night cast a shadow on the conditions for Saturday, even Mother Nature cooperated with the cause. The later start time for the tournament allowed players to enjoy sunny weather in the 50s throughout the day.

“It was a great day,” Dave Pike said.

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

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