Sheraton golfers take tourney

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Last week, the guys and gals who cut the grass and water the greens at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club proved they also are pretty good with putters and drivers.

For the second straight year, the crew from the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club won the Cutter's Cup. The team finished its round at the Steamboat Golf Club on Thursday with a score of 326, which was 19 strokes better than the next closest team from the Catamount Ranch & Club.

"The tournament is mainly about bragging rights," golfer Jeff Pegorsch said. "But it's also about getting out on the course and having some fun."

The Sheraton team, which included Jeff Lumbra, Pegorsch, Brad Miller and Kenton Gamache, topped a field of teams that represented the maintenance crews from the Sheraton, Steamboat, Haymaker and Catamount golf clubs.

Pegorsch said all of the grounds-crew members from the four clubs were invited to take part in the annual tournament. The top four individual scores from each club were used to come up with the final team results.

"There is absolutely a lot of pride that goes along with this tournament," Catamount's Chris McPherson said. "We've painted a cutter's cup (the device that is used to make the hole in the green) gold and the winning team gets to keep it at their place for the year."

The Sheraton and Catamount clubs have dominated the tournament's four-year history. The Catamount crew won the title the opening two years and after last week's tournament the Sheraton also has won twice.

"I'm already looking forward to next year," Pegorsch said. "I'm sure there will be some pressure to become the first club to win it three times."

The team from Catamount, which included McPherson (who was playing with a broken foot), Joel Anderson, Brian Pence and Jason Stroehlein, shot a round of 345 to take second for the second straight year.

Tony Weekly, Dave Calder, Scott Quick and Andy Keyek of Haymaker came in third at 356. The team from Steamboat Golf Club, including Jo Ann Hedges, Charmagne Ricks, Danny Armstrong and Tom Houk, placed fourth at 366. Lambra recorded the lowest gross score of the day at 76.

Pegorsch said the annual tournament was something that crew from the different clubs looked forward to each year.

"It kind of marks the end of the season for us," Pegorsch said. "We are still getting the courses ready for the winter, but most of the mowing is done."

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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