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Yampa Valley Golf Course begins busy tournament season

Nate Waggenspack
Willy Barclay, left, and Tim Boyle stand at the Yampa Valley Golf Course after winning the men's doubles tournament Saturday. They shot a 108 over 27 holes of golf to beat 11 other teams in the top flight.
Nate Waggenspack

Men's doubles results Saturday

Team gross score

Flight 1

Tim Boyle, Willy Barclay 108

Scott Kitchen, Austin Zimmerman 111

Bud Bower, Lowell Pearson 112

Joseph Padon, Shane Camilletti 116

Pete Heuer, Rodney Branstetter 117

Brett Etzler, Rusty Wolfrum 117

Mike Kuberry, Brett Sperl 118

Jim Liljedahl, Rick Shouse 119

Keith Branstetter, Taylor Branstetter 120

John Such, Mike Wommack 122

David O'Mailia, Ethan O'Mailia 123

Greg Hamilton, Pete Pleasant 123

Flight 2

Gary Anderson, Travis Sondrol 119

George Connelly, Russ Hill 120

Kelby Virden, Charlie Gottschall 122

Butch Behrman, Todd Ruckman 123

Tom Grieves, Darrell Irvine 125

Chuck Kistler, Gary James 126

John Svoboda, David Brookshire 127

Tony Aragon, Chester Hinkle 127

Bobby Gordon, Steve Hafey 129

Brett Steele, Scott Brennise 130

Don Smith, Sam Marquez 134

Dwayne Powell, Gary Baysinger 138

— Men’s tournament play returned to Yampa Valley Golf Course on Saturday for 27 holes of doubles play.

The golf course kicked off June with 24 teams — one fewer than last year, head golf pro David Hardison said — playing 18 holes of best ball followed by nine holes of Chapman-style golf, where teammates shoot from each other’s previous shots.

The tournament sent money home with the top three gross and net scorers in two flights of 12 teams each. Tim Boyle and Willy Barclay were the low men for the day in the first flight, shooting 108 between the best ball and Chapman combined. They said it was a pretty simple formula for success.

“Fairways and greens,” said Barclay. “Just keep on hitting it down the middle.”

Barclay and Boyle shot a 35 in the final nine holes under the Chapman format, a spot where most teams played their worst golf of the day.

“You’ve got to be able to play that Chapman well,” Boyle said. “A lot of people don’t like that format, and playing an extra nine holes wears you out. We played well together today. Willy hits it about the same as I do, so that worked well.”

Their score was the best of the day by three strokes. Scott Kitchen and Austin Zimmerman shot 111 gross and took first in the first flight’s net score competition.

In flight two, Gary Anderson and Travis Sondrol’s 119 was good for the best gross score. They were especially strong in the 18 holes of best ball, shooting 74, five strokes better than anyone else in the flight.

George Connelly and Russ Hill’s 90 net score was the best in the second flight.

Hardison was pleased with the turnout and with the good weather the golfers enjoyed after a chilly morning start.

The doubles tournament began a busy period for the golf course as far as tournament play is concerned. Highlighted by the Cottonwood Classic from June 28 to 30 and the Ladies’ Silver Bullet on July 13 and 14, the course has six tournaments scheduled in the next several weeks.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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