Nicholson shoots top net score at 25th annual Silver Bullet
July 18, 2011
Results from the 25th annual Silver Bullet Classic
(Name — overall score)
Kim Eaton — 139
Stacy Arnold — 151
Loren Forney — 158
T4. Robin Walker — 163
T4. Kim Ware — 163
Amber Nicholson —131
Tammi Holt — 140
Maria Tafuri — 142
T4. Tammy Warnke — 143
T4. Allison Webb — 143
Penny Sykes — 165
Pam Buerger — 170
Juna Orr — 171
Jenny Elliott — 173
Christy Rolando — 139
Shella Naski — 141
T3. Nondis Lowther — 143
T3. Sue Utzinger — 143
- Lisa McCurdy — 174
T2. Kay Ambrose — 183
T2. Sue Browning — 183
- Marge Fleming — 187
T1. Jackie Heuer — 133
T1. Peggy Back — 133
Kathy Dremel — 144
Romaine Hamilton — 147
Vicki Ripp — 187
Candy Hammerich — 190
Ann Irvin — 197
T4. Laurel Bagen — 205
T4. Karin Barnwell — 205
Suzanne Caldwell — 132
Cindy Lonis — 141
T3. April Branstetter — 142
T3. Rebecca Ludlow — 142
Struggling with her swing Sunday, Amber Nicholson went to her caddy for advice on the second day of the 25th annual Silver Bullet Classic.
On the fifth hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course, Nicholson, a Craig resident, took her caddy's advice, swung her club and watched as her ball went into the hole for an eagle.
Or so she thought.
"On the first day, I could swing the club, but I couldn't putt, and (Sunday), it was the opposite," Nicholson said. "I finally had a good swing and the ball went into the cup, but bounced back out.
"I ended up two putting for par."
While the ball bouncing out was unfortunate, Nicholson used the swinging technique as she moved onto the back nine, shooting a one-over-par 73 and wrapping up the first-place net score in the championship flight with a 131.
Nicholson shot a 78 the first day and a 151 gross score over the two days.
"The competition level was great, with Kim Eaton having a plus 2 handicap and playing in multiple amateur tournaments," Nicholson said. "The caliber golf I got to play with helped me learn and improve my game."
Eaton, of Greeley, took first place for gross score, shooting under par both days and finishing with a score of 139.
Nicholson said the first day she had problems with her balls lipping out of the hole, causing her to three-putt a couple of holes and grab only one birdie.
Still, she said, the annual tournament was a lot of fun.
"I played better than my handicap, which I haven't been doing lately," she said. "It is nice to get out and play in this tournament, and you get to see a lot of good golf being played."
April Branstetter, of Hayden, said while her second round wasn't great, her play on the first day was an improvement and landed her a tie for third place in net score with a 142 in the third flight.
"I stayed relaxed and focused on just golf," Branstetter said. "(Sunday), I was trying to better my score and get first, but overall I was happy with my play."
Branstetter said her putting and chipping were strong over the weekend, but her second shot is what held her back.
Using the 3-wood, she said she kept missing her target before switching to the 5-iron.
"I didn't turn my game around until I switched from the 3-wood," Branstetter said. "I had no complaints with my putting and I was able to play against myself and better my game at least one of the days."
Branstetter said she was happy with the way players were paired together, but before next year's event, she plans to seek professional advice.
"I think I am going to take some lessons before the next Silver Bullet," she said. "I am a good leaner and I think I can strengthen areas of game with a little help."
Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or at email@example.com.