Bomba, Utzinger champs |

Bomba, Utzinger champs

David Pressgrove

The days of Nick Bomba being badgered by his buddies are over. His name is now on the City Championship plaque at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

“A couple of them had already won it,” he said. “So it’s nice to finally get on there.”

Bomba led of the two-day tournament with a 74 on Saturday. That put him two strokes ahead of Steve Swander after Day 1.

“I like not having to play catch up,” he said. “It was nice to go into the second day with the lead.”

Bomba’s struggled on the front nine with a 42, and Swander took the lead. The next five holes were the best of Bomba’s day. He had five threes on the first five holes and had a birdie on the 15th.

“That streak saved my round today,” he said.

Bomba and Swander golfed together both days.

“I knew if I could beat him, I’d probably win,” he said.

Swander shot 78 Sunday to finish three back of Bomba’s 151.

The 74 that Bomba turned in Saturday was his best tournament round of the summer, and Sunday’s 77 was tied for second best. He turned in a 77 during the Cottonwood Classic earlier in the summer.

On the women’s side of the tournament, the winner was chasing another golfer most of the day.

“I just wanted to keep up with Amber (Nicholson) the best I could,” Susan Utzinger said. “She was great today.”

Nicholson, a junior at Moffat County High School, turned in an 85 on Sunday. It was the best round of the tournament for the women, but a 97 on Saturday kept Nicholson from the title.

Utzinger, who shot a consistent 91-89 for a 180, won the tournament by two strokes.

“I didn’t play great, but I played as well as I needed to,” she said. “I kept waiting for Amber to make a mistake, and it never really happened. It was wonderful to play with her.”

It was Utzinger’s second-consecutive City Championship.

“I’ve only won two,” she said. “The first one was an honor, and the second one was really special.”

Utzinger didn’t think her reign would last much longer.

“Amber will be unstoppable in a year,” she said. “With the younger players, the competition will make the women’s tournament the best it’s been.”

There were 12 women golfers in the tournament. That number was down one from last year and shows a trend of decreasing numbers for the ladies.

“We are down a little,” Utzinger said. “I hope that the younger golfers will help bring those back up.”

Although Utzinger and Bomba were the champions by score, Lou Conte was the big money winner for the tournament. Conte had a hole-in-one on the Hole 7 on Saturday.

“It took one bounce and went in,” he said.

There was a hole-in-one pot for the tournament. He won the money in the pot.

“I’d tell you how much I won, but I’d have to kill ya,” he said.

Several other members said the top-secret pot was between $3,000 and $4,000.

Conte also was first in net in the second flight and first in net in the first flight of the seniors division.

Moffat County junior Kaleb McKey won the junior boys title with a 162, which was also good enough for third in gross in the Championship Flight.

More complete results from the tournament will run in Tuesday’s Craig Daily Press.

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