Golfer from Eagle defends his title in Cottonwood Classic |

Golfer from Eagle defends his title in Cottonwood Classic

Nate Waggenspack

The Yampa Valley Golf Course concluded its busiest month of the year with a successful run through its biggest tournament of the year.

The Cottonwood Classic concluded Sunday, and it ended in similar fashion to 2011: with Keith Humerickhouse shooting the lowest score.

Humerickhouse, of Eagle, shot a three-under par 213. He was the only player to shoot under par and beat Joe Rukavina and Jeb Savage, who tied for second with a 227.

Humerickhouse won the classic last year as well, and he came out strong in his title defense, shooting a 68 Friday. After a bumpier second round 74, he came back solid on Sunday, carding a 71.

Overall, he was pleased with his play.

"I played very well on Friday," he said. "Yesterday I thought I played about as well as Friday, but caught a few bad breaks. I played solid, but hit too many double (bogeys) to outmatch my birdies.

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"Today I played solid. It was a pretty breezy at times which made it tough to get on these greens the way they're sloped, so there were less birdie opportunities."

Humerickhouse said he loves coming to play at Yampa Valley because of the quality of the course and the service from the staff.

"Everything about this (tournament), from liking the golf course to everybody running a first-class event, they do a great job," he said. "They make everybody feel welcome, so it's a good time. It's good people up here."

Humerickhouse along with winners from seven other flights each earned $550 and a golf bag with their name inscribed on it. Each flight had $1500 in prizes awarded to first through sixth place.

Head golf pro Jason Back said the tournament went smoothly.

"It went real well, we had a lot of good compliments and the course was in great shape," Back said. "We could have used it a bit cooler, but Coca-Cola donated a bunch of water that we were able to put out on the course and offer the players to keep them hydrated."

While he was glad to have hosted a successful tournament, Back was also relieved to have the weekend finished.

"It's nice when Sunday evening shows up," he said. "The tournament's a lot of fun, we've got a lot of great contestants and a lot of great local support as well as out of town support. The tournament's a lot of fun but it is easy a busy weekend."

Humerickhouse said he is planning on coming back for another title defense, and he'll go for a three-peat in 2013

"I'll be back, I always come back here, I love it," Humerickhouse said. "I try to bring three or four guys every time, let them know how good it is, and its like I said, the staff is top-notch out here. They take care of everybody."

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At a glance …

Flight winners at Cottonwood Classic

(all scores gross except 7th flight)

Flight Name 54-hole score

7th Robert Kelly 198 (net)

6th Clint Chappell 261

5th Ron Nadon 241

4th Doug Toole 252

3rd Austin Zimmerman 252

2nd Jim Rieder 240

1st W. Barclay, A. Chase (tie) 236

Champ. Keith Humerickhouse 213


“Everything about this (tournament), from liking the golf course to everybody running a first-class event, they do a great job. They make everybody feel welcome, so it’s a good time. It’s good people up here.”

—Keith Humerickhouse, golfer from Eagle, about why he likes playing in the Cottonwood Classic