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Barb Simms, of Steamboat Springs, drives out of the eighth-hole tee box Friday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Simms said Steamboat players come to Craig to play in the early season so they don’t have to travel around the state while the Steamboat courses are still closed.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course welcomes 1st play of the season Friday

In August, Daniel Brown walked onto the Yampa Valley Golf Course for the 2011 Men’s Club Championships and walked off the winner. Brown, a Craig resident, shot a 151 over the two-day tournament to be crowned club champion. On Friday, Brown got an early start on his title defense. A mixture of a mild winter and warm temperatures in March allowed the golf course to open to the public Friday, about two weeks earlier than last year.

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