Young golfers take swing at youth title

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A series of junior golf tournaments at area courses have been keeping young Tiger Woods hopefuls busy this week.

The events started on July 25 in Craig with the Yampa River Junior Classic and in Steamboat on July 26 with the fifth annual Cowboy Shootout.

This week, the first-ever Haywhacker Junior Tournament was played Tuesday at the Haymaker. Scores were printed in the Aug. 2 Steamboat Today.

The Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Championships will be held Monday through Aug. 9 at the Steamboat Golf, Haymaker and Sheraton clubs.

"This is usually the best junior golfers in the Yampa Valley region," local organizer Bill Nickey said. "The tournament is open to everyone, but we are only going to take the first 60."

The flurry of local junior tournaments is a sign that many junior programs in the valley are coming to an end. The competitions usually come about the same time as most back-to-school sales kick off at local retailers.

"We wanted to get this tournament in before the high school golf team started practicing," Nickey said.

The cost to enter the tournament is $30 and includes greens fee, bag tag, lunch and awards ceremony. The deadline to enter is Saturday.

Boy and girl players are invited to take part. The divisions will be divided by age: 7-9 (five-hole game), 10-12, 13-12 and 16-18. Players ages 10-18 will play nine holes at each course.

The tournament will begin each day with a shotgun start at 7 a.m.

"It will be a first-come, first served basis,' Nickey said.

Golfers came from all over western Colorado and Utah for the July 25 junior outing in Craig.

Steamboat's Mike Weston topped the division for golfers between the ages of 7 and 9. Paul Berry topped the 10-12 age division and Sky Rubin was third in the 15-17 divisions.

In the Cowboy Shootout, which was limited to Routt County players, Quinn Coale was first among 16- to 18-year-olds with a nine-hole score of 41. Eric Scholl and Rubin tied for second with a round of 43.

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