Club championship golf tournament begins Saturday at Yampa Valley |

Club championship golf tournament begins Saturday at Yampa Valley

Ben Bulkeley

Austin Zimmerman hits a chip shot onto the green on the sixth hole Friday at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. The golf course's club championship begins at 7:30 a.m. today.
Ben Bulkeley

Jackie Heuer watches her putt roll on the 18th green Friday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Heuer said she will be participating in today's club championship at the golf course.Ben Bulkeley

For some, Yampa Valley Golf Course's men's and women's club championship is about the chance to play 18 holes among familiar faces.

For others, it's about catching up with friends on the course.

For a few, it's about bragging rights.

"About 90 percent of it is for bragging rights," Hayden resident Pete Heuer said. "The best reason to play is for the bragging rights and that parking spot."

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The club championship begins at 7:30 a.m. today at the golf course, 2179 Highway 394, and continues at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

There will be 66 competitors vying for the coveted top prize — the course's best two parking spots, complete with engraved signs for the best two-day gross score in the men's and women's division.

There is also a men and women's senior division, but it's the best score in each club that claims the parking spot.

The tournament is for Yampa Valley members only, and as Heuer said, is a good way for the course's top players to gauge their skills against each other.

There will also be cash prizes for the top three gross and net scores.

Last year, Heuer said he had a solid first day, but struggled the second day.

Regardless of how he finished, it was still a good weekend of golf, he said.

"It's about the competition, and it's also about hanging out with the guys," he said. "We've all been competing in so many tournaments, that win or lose, you still have a good time out there."

Heuer has been competing in the club championship for more than 10 years, and during his time playing for a parking spot, the best he has finished was fourth.

Four-time city champion Nick Bomba will be back on the links this weekend, and Heuer said he wants to take his parking spot.

"Maybe this is the year Nick Bomba gets beat," he said. "It would definitely be nice to have my name up on the front row."

Craig resident B.C. Chong was the 2009 men's senior champion, but this year, he wouldn't mind being the men's champion outright.

Playing in his second club championship this year, Chong said he wants more.

"I hope this year is a little better," he said. "I want to be more than senior champion."

Chong, who lived in Denver for more than 30 years, said he enjoys being on the course.

"I like this course," he said. "It's nicer than the Denver city course. It's well maintained, always in good condition and there are some good people here."

Unlike Pete, Jackie Heuer doesn't play for bragging rights.

Although she will be playing in the club championship today, she won't have last year's women's club winner, Amber Nicholson, in her sights.

"I would say I participate in it," she said. "My husband's the competitive one.

"I play in it to socialize — that's what's fun for me."

With everyone playing in the tournament coming from the area, Jackie said it's a good way to see people she knows.

"Everyone is local," she said. "There are no out-of-town golfers, so you know everyone who is out there."

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