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David Pressgrove: Why the Cottonwood’s a classic

The Front Range was abuzz last weekend because of the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Tournament at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village.

And the media was out to make sure that all of the buzz was captured.

The Rocky Mountain News had at least seven writers file stories from the tournament in its Saturday edition. They covered every possible angle. If birds could talk, the paper would have interviewed them about what the tournament looked like from their view.

The most interesting angle to me was a story that advised the crowd how to find the best place to watch on the course.

The article’s advice included words of wisdom such as: “following a popular player is like shopping on the day after Thanksgiving,” “binoculars should be standard-issue equipment,” and “if you have a toddler who likes to cry, stay away from the greens and tee boxes or you are likely to be escorted away like you had attempted to assassinate the President” (my personal favorite).

For those of you who didn’t follow the tournament, it was the third of four majors during the 2005 season and Annika Sorenstam had won the first two. Going into the tournament, the talk was all Annika, wondering if she could win the grand slam of golf.

On her heels was talk about the influx of amateur players seeking immediate star status by winning the tournament.

There was potential there for some exciting stuff. The best women players in the world, more than 7,000 spectators seeking out the best spot, and, of course, every media outlet that had any interest in the national and international golf scene.

Personally, I’ll take the Cottonwood Classic.

Events such as the Cottonwood make it fun to be a small-town sports writer. Although we do have what I like to call a “media circus” for a town of 10,000, the most writers/photographers/cameramen/TV analysts that will be out at the Cottonwood at one time is probably four or five.

Even K27 News isn’t doing its blanket coverage of the tournament this summer. Gone are the morning, lunch and evening reports. As far as I’m concerned, K27 could have a 24-hour feed from the course, and it still would be much nicer than 100 cameras on the 18th hole of the Women’s Open.

There were all sorts of new gadgets and high-tech media at the Open, such as cameras that zoomed on wires above the course to provide the birds-eye-view (I guess they didn’t really need to interview the birds).

At the Cottonwood, the only new gadget I saw Thursday and Friday were new bottles of Bud Light. The shiny blue bottles are shaped like glass bottles, but they are aluminum. It’s the hybrid between a bottle and a can. The bottles were bought in Grand Junction, which I’m told, is one of five test markets in the country for beverage companies.

I’m going to write to the folks of Budweiser and suggest they call it the Bud Light Cattle (a witty combination of can and bottle).

That type of suggestion is the reason I didn’t pursue my business-marketing major.

The camping crews at the Cottonwood Classic are even more fun than trying to say “camping crews at the Cottonwood Classic” 10 times fast. Like Yampa Valley Golf Course Professional Chuck Cobb said, the tournament’s golfers are like a golfing fraternity. Fraternity has several definitions; a social organization of male college students and a group of persons with common purposes or interests. And although the Cottonwood crew’s common interests do include acting like fraternity brothers at homecoming, they also focus just as much energy on playing some good golf and spending some quality time with their fraternal friends.

From what I read, there was no fraternal love expressed among the leaders of the U.S. Women’s Open. They liked each other just enough to shake hands at the end of the day.

I grew up in a town that had one golf course, and its greens were sand. Needless to say, I’m no golfing expert, but I do know that I hope in my career as a writer, I’ll always have an opportunity to cover a tournament like the Cottonwood.

Hey fellas, save me a Bud Light Cattle, will ya?

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