Return golfer helps win Sunrise tourney

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Joan Allsberry would rather golf than ski any day of the week, but since moving to Steamboat Springs several years ago, her golf game has been limited.

"I golfed a lot in my 20s, but I haven't been able to play as much as I would have liked since I came to Steamboat," Allsberry said.

But she recently purchased new clubs and got a season pass to Haymaker -- and Paula Stephenson couldn't be happier.

Last weekend, the pair won the first flight at the Sunrise Two-Player Tournament at the Haymaker golf course. Allsberry and Stephenson fired a two-day total of 121 to win the event. Bert Wagner and Robert McDaniel finished second at 125, and David Klien and Steve Firestone placed third with a score of 126.

"I got a little more attention than I wanted to on Sunday," Allsberry said.

She said she took a little ribbing from some of the other players as she warmed up to play the second round Sunday-- but it was all in good fun.

"I really shot out of my mind on Saturday, and I think everyone knew it," Allsberry said. "I had to hear about the percentage of putts I was making on the putting green before we headed out."

But on Sunday, it was teammate Stephenson picking up the pace as the pair rolled to a victory in the first tournament of the season at the Haymaker.

"It was really a team effort," Allsberry said. "I played decent on Saturday and Paula had a great round on Sunday."

John Constable and Todd Hoffman won the second flight with a score of 127. Molly Orr and Anne Mayberry placed second with a score of 128, and Pat Lichenstein and Jerry Dalton finished third with a total of 130.

Twenty-two two-person teams competed in a best-ball format the first day and a scramble on the second. It was Allsberry's third tournament in a year and her first win.

"We had so much fun that we signed up to take part in another tournament later this summer," Allsberry said.

Haymaker will host a local qualifier round for the 2003 Team Golf International Golf Challenge on July 12. It is a two-player scramble for men, women or mixed teams.

The regional qualifier will take place at the Riverdale Dunes in Denve,r and teams also have an opportunity to advance to the finals, which will take place in Hawaii later this summer.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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