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Nick Moyer hits his ball Friday from behind a tree after his drive cut left. At 19, the 2009 Moffat County High School graduate was one of the youngest golfers in the field at the Cottonwood Classic.

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Golfers open play in Cottonwood Classic in Craig

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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