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Travis Brown, of Craig, hits his ball from left of the fairway on hole 7. Brown put in vacation days back in January to make sure he could be part of the annual golf tournament.

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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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