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High schoolers shine in Silver Bullet

David Pressgrove

The shopping spree hasn’t started, but some time this summer Amber and Susan Nicholson will have a fun couple of hours at the Yampa Valley Golf Course Pro Shop.

“That is a definite possibility,” Amber said. “It’s nice to have some money waiting to be spent there.”

Amber, a junior this fall at Moffat County High School, and her mother were in the money of the second flight of the Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament. Amber had the best gross score in the second flight with rounds of 82 and 92 for a two-day total of 174. Susan turned in gross rounds of 90-87 and earned the top net score in the second flight.

“I was really happy with my 82,” Amber said. “It’s my best score here so it’s something to shoot for next year.”

It was Susan’s first Silver Bullet experience.

“We played golf quite a bit before the kids were born but not as much since,” she said “I thought I should try it if Amber could, and it went well.”

It was Susan’s first time to break 90 on the YVGC.

“I had no idea of the pressure in a tournament,” she said. “It was fun, but it wears on you a bit.”

The Nicholsons didn’t have time to spend their winnings because they hopped in a car and headed to Denver right after their rounds to make a junior tournament today.

Amber’s teammate, sophomore Meghan Innes, also earned a credit line at the clubhouse by winning the third flight. Her 85-85 was good enough for an 18-stroke win in the third flight. She would have finished in third in the first flight.

“My scores started to drop this past week,” she said. “An 85 is my best I’ve shot here, and I think it shows that my practice this summer has made me better.”

Innes shot a 99 at the high school tournament the YVGC hosted this fall. Of course, that was before she came on at the end of the season to qualify for state. Her game has continued to improve since the high school season.

“I shot a 38 on the back today so that was a confidence builder,” she said.

Innes and Nicholson were excited for each other and for the prospects of the 2006 MCHS golf team.

“It means we should have a good team next year,” Innes said.

“I wish I could have been as consistent as Meghan,” Amber said. “I’m happy for her because it gives her more confidence.”

In the championship flight, Stacy Arnold started the day tied for third and four strokes back of Englewood’s Wendy Melcher and Grand Junction’s Jesse Bennett. Sunday was Arnold’s day. She finished with a tournament-best 72 and a two-stroke win against Melcher.

“My putting improved today,” Arnold said. “I handled the greens better today and didn’t play afraid.”

Arnold was playing in her first Silver Bullet but she said she had been up to the YVGC before.

“I came with a friend who plays the Silver Bullet as often as she can,” Arnold said. “I thought I’d give it a try.”

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