Yampa Valley Golf Course wraps up city championship | CraigDailyPress.com

Yampa Valley Golf Course wraps up city championship

John Vandelinder

Rebecca Ludlow, of Craig, lines up a putt Sunday during the final round of the Craig City Championship golf tournament. About 100 golfers teed it up for the two-day event at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Some people take their trophies and lock them in glass boxes.

Others put them on their mantle above a fireplace, or maybe high on a shelf.

Not Amanda Back.

Back filled her crystal jug won Sunday at the Craig City Championships with strawberry daiquiri mix, and lots of straws.

She strolled through the Yampa Valley Golf Course clubhouse, oversized drink cup in hand, and a smile on her face.

And rightly so.

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Back carded rounds of 77 and 79 during the two-day tourney, claiming the ladies championship with a 156 total – nine shots better than her closest competitor.

“My putting went really well for me this weekend,” Back said. “I didn’t do so well on my back nines, but I was only one over on the front both days.”

A dental assistant by day, the new city champion carried a three-shot lead into Sunday’s final round, when she pulled away for her first title.

“It feels really good,” she said. “It’s hard to think that there is no other women in Craig that is better than me, but it’s pretty cool.”

On the men’s side, Nick Bomba did what Nick Bomba has done all year – win.

Bomba claimed his third City Championship in four years. His two-day total of 145 was one over par and earned him back-to-back championships.

He didn’t play in 2006.

“I was putting pretty well,” Bomba said. “I wasn’t getting off the tee boxes very well, I was finding myself in the rough and the trees, but my putter saved me.”

Bomba carded three double bogeys and two bogeys Sunday, but countered those miscues with six birdies and an eagle to win the title by 11 strokes.

Bomba said the pressure of being the defending champion weighed on his mind but that if he stuck to his game, the rest would take care of itself.

“You always have that target on your back and everybody’s out to get you,” he said. “I just tried not to think about the pressure, and what the other guys are doing. I worried about my game, and if I played to my ability that will give me a good chance.

“It’s worked. The last two years have gone pretty good.”

Things went well for Taylor Branstetter, as well.

Branstetter’s rounds of 80 and 83 earned the Moffat County High School junior the first flight championship, as well as the title of top junior.

“I’m pretty proud of myself,” Branstetter said. “I hit some good irons on my approach shots.”

Branstetter said he played much better than last year, when he couldn’t remember how he finished.

“I’m a lot stronger,” he said. “I hit the ball further and straighter than before.”

Of all the hardware collected by this year’s champions, the most sought-after award wasn’t what you’d expect.

Bomba and Back were more enthused with the parking spot reserved for the men’s and women’s champions than anything else.

“It’s nice to have, but I work all the time,” Bomba laughed and said. “I’m working on a spike strip so others can’t park in it. Actually, I might put a toll on it and make some money.”

Back, whose spot will be right next to Bomba’s, said she’s going to double park and take up half his spot.

“I’m going to chain it off,” she said, “and put a padlock on it, so it’s all mine.”

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.comxa

Championships results:

Yampa Valley Golf Course – gross champions

Men

Championship flight

Nick Bomba 72-73 145

First flight

Taylor Branstetter 80-83 163

Second flight

Bo Lyons 86-85 171

Senior flight

Rick Rayl 76-80 156

Super senior flight

Gerald Palmer 76-82 158

Women

Championship flight

Amanda Back 77-79 156

Senior ladies flight

Nancy Palmer 76-82 158

Junior boys

Taylor Branstetter 80-83 163

Junior girls

Heather Nicholson 92-90 182