Former prep star tops field at Classic

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Nate Stevenson returned to his old stomping grounds last weekend and walked away with this first Steamboat Classic golf tournament title.

"It's probably the biggest tournament in Steamboat," Stevenson said. "All of the local players come out and play. It's very prestigious to win."

The tournament drew 91 players and featured 36 holes at the local course west of Steamboat Springs. Stevenson fired a first round score of 67 on Saturday and followed that round up with a 70 on Sunday. His total of 137 was 3 under par for the 36-hole tournament.

"I struggled a little bit with my putting, but I was striking the ball pretty well, so it didn't really matter."

Stevenson was followed by Graham Thompson who finished with rounds of 75 and 69 for a two-day total of 144. David Klein moved into third place on the final day with a score of 145.

"I was really happy to win," Stevenson said. "This is a great tournament and a lot of great golfers have won this tournament in the past. I'm glad to have my name associated with it."

Stevenson was a standout golfer at Steamboat Springs High School a couple of years ago. After graduation he attended Glendale College, a two-year institution just outside of Phoenix. This fall he will transfer to Arizona State where he plans on playing for the school's golf team.

"I've been playing in a lot of big tournaments this summer," Stevenson said. "... a lot of Colorado Amateur Golf Association events and things like that hoping to get ready.

"This wasn't the biggest tournament of the summer for me, but it was important."

Other winners in the Steamboat Classic included Bob Stahl, who finished with a 150 for the two days to win the first flight. He was followed by Scott Berry in second at 151 and Eric Scholl in third at 153. Buddy King won the second flight with a two-round score of 170. Tom Corl placed second with a 172 and Bill Huff was third with a score of 173.

Terry Roach won the third flight with an effort of 160 strokes. He was followed by David Hidalgo in second at 170 and Mike Peppler in third with a score of 174.

The fourth flight was won by Scott Matthews who topped the field with a score of 166. Vic Greenlee and John Such tied for second at 178.

Marty Lamansky won the fifth flight with a handicapped score of 151. Jim Denton and Larry Covillo tied for second with a score of 139.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net

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