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Chester Hinkle, of Hayden, putts on the 10th green Friday during the 43rd Annual Cottonwood Classic at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394. More than 150 players signed up for the three-day tournament to compete for cash prizes.

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After his father became ill, Hayden resident Chester Hinkle had to cut back on one of his favorite hobbies — golf. “I used to play in seven to eight golf tournaments a year,” Hinkle said. “Lately, I am down to only a couple (tournaments) a year.” With the registration deadline looming, Hinkle, 49, decided at the last minute to play in the 43rd Annual Cottonwood Classic at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. Rain delayed the tournament Friday, but after the weather cleared, play began.

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