Sign up by Monday for Cottonwood Classic: Craig Sports Briefs for June 19, 2017 |

Sign up by Monday for Cottonwood Classic: Craig Sports Briefs for June 19, 2017

Registration is open for Yampa Valley Golf Course's trademark tournament, with the Cottonwood Classic celebrating its 50th year.

The tournament runs from June 22 to 25, starting with a Thursday practice round and Callaway demo day. A Calcutta format will take place on the opening day, as well as a Saturday dinner and special contests each day of competition.

Registration is $180 per player, and the field is limited to 150 golfers. A full lineup will amount to a $12,000 purse, and payouts go to the net and gross winners of each flight, including championship and senior flights.

Players must have USGA handicap and GHIN information available. Players under 18 are allowed, provided they have a certified index of 6.2 or less and are required to play with the championship flight.

Entries close at 5 p.m. Monday.

Tournament organizers are also hoping for additional touches from the community to commemorate the Cottonwood's Golden Jubilee, including providing photos or other memorabilia from the past five decades.

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Special rates are available for out-of-town players at Clarion Inn & Suites and Best Western Plus Deer Park Hotel and Suites.

Entry forms are available at the course or on the YVGC website and can be mailed in with payment:
Yampa Valley Golf Course
PO Box 1110
Craig, CO 81626

For more information on registration for YVGC's summer events call 970-824-FORE (3673) or visit

Hook a fish, win cash prize in Elkhead contest

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic June 24 through July 2 at Elkhead Reservoir State Park.

Cash prizes are offered for anglers, including $1,500 apiece for the fishers who snag a tagged northern pike and a tagged smallmouth bass.

If only one or neither tagged fish is caught, CPW will host a drawing for the remaining prize money at the end of the tourney.

Additional sums of $750 each go toward the sportsman who catches the most total pike and most bass during the nine-day event.

Many other prizes totaling $4,500 will be offered daily for smallest, largest and greatest number of fish given out by 5:30 p.m. each day. There is no limit for how many northern pike or smallmouth bass can be caught.

The tournament will kick off at 6:30 a.m. June 24.

Competitors of all ages are welcome for the contest, which has no entry fees. Licenses are free to ages 15 and younger and $1 for ages 64 and up.

Ages 16 to 63 will require a valid 2017 Colorado fishing license, which should be purchased before the contest.

All state boating and fishing regulations apply.

Campsite costs at Elkhead are $18 per night, and reservations are recommended. Daily park entry is $7.

For more information on contest rules, call Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061 or visit

Free cheer camp June 26 to 29

Moffat County Elite Cheer will host a free camp for young spirit athletes from 5 to 7 p.m. June 26 to 29 at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Those who participate in the clinic will be able to join the cheer team during the downtown Fourth of July parade.

Parents must sign a liability form along with registration before children attend.

Elite Cheer will also be hosting open gym sessions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 2 at a rate of $20 per month.

For more information, call Casey Piatt at 970-326-6166.

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