Craig Sports Briefs for June 29, 2015: Yampa Valley Golf Course’s Cottonwood, Silver Bullet tourneys approaching |

Craig Sports Briefs for June 29, 2015: Yampa Valley Golf Course’s Cottonwood, Silver Bullet tourneys approaching

The time is now to sign up for two of Yampa Valley Golf Course’s biggest tournaments, coming up in July, the 48th annual Cottonwood Classic and the 29th annual Silver Bullet Ladies Golf Classic.

The three-day Cottonwood Classic runs this week from Friday to Sunday, and players will be going after a $12,000 purse, providing registration is high. The $165 entry fee includes a demo day Thursday, meals and entry in multiple contests throughout the event.

Information such as United States Golf Association handicap is necessary to register, and participation is limited to 150 players. Those under 18 must meet the criteria of a 6.2 certified index or less, must play as part of the championship flight and may require committee approval.

There are discounts available for those who sign up first-time competitors as guests.

Registration paperwork is available at

The Silver Bullet — described by organizers as “the ultimate girls weekend” — takes place July 18 and 19 at YVGC as an individual stroke play format with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. both days. Handicap information is required.

A single entry is $120, and discounts are offered for those returning who bring in new players, the deadline to register July 11.

Practice rounds will be available July 17, and for those coming from out of town, special room rates have been arranged at Clarion Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and Deer Park Inn & Suites.

Registration can be found at For more information, call Susan Utzinger at 970-824-9656.

For information on any YVGC tournaments, call 970-824-FORE (3673).

Moffat County Thunder Cheer’s free clinic takes place this week

Moffat County Thunder Cheer will host a clinic free to girls and boys of all ages from 5 to 7 p.m. beginning Monday and running throughout the week at the team’s gym at Suite 119 of Centennial Mall. Registration starts at 4 p.m. Monday.

Coaches will be “reviewing the basic fundamentals of cheer” for those who might not be well-established in the sport and want to get involved, said coaching staff member Amber Snow.

“We’ll be going over jumps, tumbling, stunts and dance,” Snow said.

Parents must sign a waiver of liability for kids to participate and all who join in the activities will receive a certificate.

Participants will learn a routine that they will perform during Craig’s Fourth of July parade. And, for those who decide they want to get further involved with Thunder Cheer, the same routine will be used as part of MCT tryouts July 9 to 11.

For more information, call 970-846-9054 or 970-756-0588.

Yampa Valley Golf Course hosting PGA Academy for kids

Registration is still available for Yampa Valley Golf Course’s Junior Golf PGA Sports Academy, running each Tuesday for the following several weeks.

The course is open to young golfers of all skill levels from ages 6 to 17. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 8; 10:30 a.m. for ages 9, 10 and 11; and noon for ages 12 and older.

Players will learn all aspects of the sport based on a PGA-approved curriculum. The classes end with the Soda Pop Open July 14, complete with a barbecue and prizes.

Registration is $75 for the program’s classes, gift bag and end-of-season festivities. YVGC can provide equipment for participants if needed.

For more information, call 970-824-FORE (3673) or email course pro Bob Mueller at

Summer Cheer Camp begins in July

Registration is open for Summer Cheer Camp, a program for girls in first- through sixth-grade to learn more about the sport of cheerleading.

Sessions will be available twice weekly starting July 20 as participants learn hip-hop choreography routines and cheering chants, which they will employ during the Doak Walker football games and the Moffat County High School Homecoming halftime show in the fall.

Cheerleaders will also learn responsibility, make friends and, most importantly, have fun.

The cost is $60, and the deadline to register at Craig Parks & Recreation, 300 W. Fourth St., is July 15. Late entries may be accepted but will include a $10 fee.

For more information, call 970-826-2029.

Volleyball camps offered for Moffat County, Craig athletes

The Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School volleyball programs will host camps for players July 29 to 31. Current and incoming high school players will attend MCHS, 900 Finley Lane, and CMS will be in the gym of Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Overseeing the program will be Chris Wells, head coach for the Chadron State College volleyball team. Girls from outside Moffat County are also invited to attend.

The cost to register is $105. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave.

Mail to:

Starla Jensen, MCHS Volleyball

PO Box 31

Baggs, WY 82321-0031

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