Part-time local has a 'golden' finish

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— Ruth Golden doesn't even want to utter the words three-peat.

But after shooting two of the best rounds of golf last week en route to winning her second straight club championship at the Steamboat Golf Club, that's just exactly what is facing the part-time Steamboat Springs resident.

Ruth, who is 65 years old, spends the winter in Las Vegas with her husband, Jim. She said that way the couple can play golf on a year-round basis.

"There are going to be a lot of young women out there gunning for me next year," Golden said. "I don't know if anyone can win it three times in a row."

Golden finished the two-day tournament with rounds of 81 and 79. Golden said before last week, she had never broken 80 on that course.

"They were two of my best days ever," Golden said.

She played all 36 holes with the same ball and never had to take a penalty stroke en route to winning the gross division with a total of 160.

Lindsay Heer, who was second at 183, and Marry Effinger, who was third at 190, followed her.

"Ruth ran away with it," Sally Lewis said. Lewis is the president of the women's club and won the longest drive contest at the tournament, which was held July 29-20.

She said the women's club would continue to play through September. But this was the best timing for the tournament.

The women's club has about 50 members. Lewis said about 25 took part in the annual championships.

Connie Beal won the net division (handicap is used to determine the total) in the club championships.

"I'm excited to have won, but I'm not at the same level as Ruth (Golden)," Beal said. "I play every week on ladies day and just enjoy getting out and playing the game."

Beal topped Ruth McClelland in the handicapped division. Pat Anthony finished third.

"I'm out there to beat the course," Beal said. "I'm not out to beat out other people."

In addition to the overall winners, awards were also handed out for a number of different categories.

Lewis recorded the longest drive while Joan Dalrymple had the straightest drive. Pat Flemming was closest to the pin on No. 3 and Heer was closest on No. 8.

Golden said she was very happy to win the title at the Steamboat Golf Club because her husband is one of the founders of the course, which is located west of Steamboat Springs.

"This course and this tournament holds a very special place in my heart," Golden said. "I'm very honored to have won it."

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