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46th Cottonwood Classic celebrates another successful tournament

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Temperatures were high and the sun was bright at Yampa Valley Golf Course on Saturday where 130 players took on the 46th Cottonwood Classic.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

Gross score (Reflects gross score available at time of press)

Championship Flight:

Keith Humerickhouse, 204

Joe Elliott, 223

Doug Chote, 229

Flight 1

Lowell Pearson, 231

Andy Meach, 236

Willy Barclay, 243

Flight 2

Rodney Branstetter, 240

Eric Pocius, 242

Scott Woog, 248

Flight 3

Earl Cherry, 245

Rick Nelson, 253

Deems Utzinger, 255

Flight 4

Matthew Wilkinson, 255

Mitchell Marosi, 259

Gary Anderson

Flight 5

Dan Moore, 259

Moe Ortega, 263

James Wilkinson, 263

Flight 6

Sammy Marquez, 263

Bill Stewart, 270

Hector Flores, 272

Flight 7

Phil Gallagher, 285

The 46th Cottonwood Classic rolled through the weekend with frustration, relaxation and determination from 130 golfers that participated in the tournament that boasted seven flights, a senior flight and a championship flight.

It’s the largest annual competition at Yampa Valley Golf Course, bringing together friends and competitors who often only see one another once a year at the event.

“I love it. I look forward to it every year,” said Rick Nelson, who played his seventh Cottonwood Classic this year.

The plush green course has cottonwood trees, lush wetlands and sage sprawling throughout. Temperatures were in the low 90s, making it sweltering, but cloud coverage and a light breeze kept things somewhat cooler.

Keith Humerickhouse took first gross in the championship flight with 204, Joe Elliot followed in second at 223 and Doug Choate was third with 229.

Competition and camaraderie were present throughout the weekend.

“It was great weather and I had a good time,” said Dwayne Powell, noting that his game was completely off Friday. “Made a pretty good comeback the second day though. It’s pressure, and then you relax, you get into your grove and you play your game.”

Powell scored 247, taking fourth in Flight 6, and he took second gross in the senior finish.

Each flight winner received $500 in pro-shop credit.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.

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