Steamboat Springs Ruth Golden's quest for a third straight title this week at the Steamboat Golf Club began with a tough round in rain and lightning Monday.
However, when the sun returned to the Yampa Valley sky Tuesday, it was shining on Golden as she won the Steamboat Ladies Golf Association's club championship yet again. Golden finished the 36-hole tournament with a score of 179 to lead a field of more than a dozen of the area's top female golfers.
Like most of the golfers in the tournament, Golden struggled through Monday's opening 18-hole round with a 91, but by Tuesday she had returned to the form that earned her titles in 2002 and 2001.
"The weather on the opening day was horrendous," Golden said. "I had a bad front nine. It was raining, and the lightning was pretty intimidating."
Under Tuesday's more favorable conditions, Golden came out firing. She scored par on her first five holes and finished the day with an 88.
"I had a pretty good day and we were all having a lot of fun," Golden said.
Golden also won the Senior Ladies club championship at the Steamboat Golf Club two weeks ago with an 18-hole round of 88.
While Golden admitted that winning a third club championship was exciting, the longtime golfer insisted that the most thrilling moment of the tournament belonged to Joanne Hedges, who scored a hole-in-one on the No. 3 hole Tuesday.
She was playing with Golden, Ruth McClelland and Linda Danter.
Hedges finished just behind Golden in the gross division with a score of 200. Danter came in third with a 206.
McClelland won the net division.
She was followed by Sally Lewis in second and Joan Dalrymple in third.
Danter recorded the longest drive of the tournament, and Hedges and Lewis shared the title for closest to the pin.