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Bomba wins 2007 club championship

Two-day total score of 146 captures golf title

JOHN VANDELINDER

— Nick Bomba doesn’t envision himself defeating Tiger Woods or qualifying for the U.S. Open.

His goal is to simply earn a VIP parking spot.

Bomba earned that parking spot after claiming the 2007 Club Championship at the Yampa Valley Golf Course for the second time in three years.

His back-to-back rounds of 73 were enough for him to coast to an eight-shot victory against his closest competitor.

When the final putt fell Sunday against the backdrop of the Yampa River, Bomba finally let out a sigh of relief.

“I was nervous the entire round. I don’t think I took a deep breath until I made that par putt on 18,” said Bomba.

After the first round was completed Saturday, Bomba had a four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

“Coming into this tournament, my goal was to play well enough to put myself in contention,” Bomba said. “This is my hometown, and I had confidence after winning this event two years ago. I knew that steady play would put me where I wanted to be.”

Bomba relied on his short game when his putter was off.

“I couldn’t coax any birdie putts to drop, and I missed some greens, but my lob wedge always performed well when needed. That’s my strength, my short game.”

Winning the championship comes with perks. In addition to the aforementioned parking spot, the winner’s name is etched on the Yampa Valley Golf Course Club trophy.

From here, some mini-tours beckon, but the challenge of turning pro is far from Bomba’s mind.

“I play for fun,” he said. “I don’t want a golf career, I’m just happy being the Yampa Valley club champ.”

Being the champ also brings out the competition in others, he said. Bomba now wears a bull’s eye on his back, with challengers waiting at every turn.

“Everyone wants a match with me now,” Bomba said. “Everyone wants a piece of the champ.”

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com


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