Fall Classic ends in sudden-death-playoff finish Monday

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Fall Classic results

Haymaker Golf Course

In Steamboat Springs, Monday

Men's Championship Flight (gross)

James Kurtenbach, 144; Butch Boucher, 144; Chris Colli, 145; Thomas A. Roos, 148; Tim Fitzgerald, 149; Eric Scanniello, 153; John Vanderbloemen, 154; Owen Ellis, 156; Roland Gustafson, 156; Scott Berry, 157; Bob Stahl, 159, Jason Dunkle, 162; Henry Richards, 164; Steve Richheimer, 165; Bob Conroy, 166; Andrew Hamilton, 167; Andrew Schaeffer, 179.

Men's Championship Flight (net)

Scott Berry, 141; Butch Boucher, 144; James Kurtenbach, 146; Thomas A. Roos, 146; Eric Scanniello, 147; Henry Richards, 148; Chris Colli, 149; Steve Richheimer, 149; Tim Fitzgerald, 149; Bob Conroy, 150; John Vanderbloemen, 150; Andrew Hamilton, 151; Roland Gustafson, 152; Bob Stahl, 155; Jason Dunkle, 158, Owen Ellis, 158; Andrew Schaefer, 165.

Men's First Flight (gross)

Mark Fischer, 162, John Marshall, 164; Tom Corl, 165; Craig Seitz, 170; Jeff Maib, 170; Bob Steinberg, 176; Tom Armstrong, 176; Andrew J. Hamilton, 178; Joe Sternberg, 179; Lee Findel, 179; Jeremy MacGray, 182; Mike Wommack, 188; Tom Ptach, 190.

Men's First Flight (net)

Tom Corl, 139; John Marshall, 140; Mark Fischer, 140; Jeff Maib, 144; Craig Seitz, 148; Bob Steinberg, 150; Lee Findel, 157; Andrew J. Hamilton, 158; Jeremy MacGray, 158; Tom Armstrong, 158; Joe Sternberg, 161; Mike Wommack, 164; Tom Ptach, 172.

Men's Second Flight (gross)

Daniel E. Boehm, 177; Toby Spikes, 178; Luke Franich, 182; Adam W. Hawkins, 183; Jeff Nelson, 186; Gary Anderson, 192, Gary Zulian, 192; John Waddick, 193; Shamus Spitzley, 207; Chris Nordang, 211.

Men's Second Flight (net)

Jeff Nelson, 144; Adam W. Hawkins, 145; Daniel Boehm, 145; Toby Spikes, 148; Gary Anderson, 154; Gary Zulian, 154; Luke Franich, 154; John Waddick, 155; Shamus Spitzley, 171; Chris Nordang, 181.

Women's Championship Flight (gross)

Barbara Simms, 171; Pam Vanatta, 174; D.J. Edwards, 175; Deb Benak, 178; Anne Mayberry, 181; Patricia Gustafson, 182; Betty Nichols, 185; Barbara Robinson, 186; Molly Orr, 190.

Women's Championships Flight (net)

Pam Vanatta, 140; D.J. Edwards, 141; Barbara Robinson, 144; Barbara Simms, 145; Molly Orr, 148; Patricia Gustafson, 150; Anne Mayberry, 151; Betty Nichols, 153; Deb Benak,156.

Women's First Flight (gross)

Linda Danter, 184; Wendy Franks, 188; Jamie Paley, 195; Annie DeGroff, 196; Michele Avery, 201; Linda Knox, 203; Kari Nelson, 204; Kay Clagett, 220; Brenda Anderson, 227; Judy Elliot, 233.

Women's First Flight (net)

Linda Danter, 136; Wendy Franks, 138; Linda Knox, 143; Brenda Anderson, 149; Jamie Paley, 151; Michele Avery, 151; Annie DeGroff, 152; Judy Elliot, 153; Kari Nelson, 154; Kay Clagett, 158.

— After scoring an eagle on the final hole of the Fall Classic at Haymaker Golf Course, local golfer Butch Boucher hoped for some hometown magic in the sudden death playoff.

His opponent was just glad he got a second chance.

"He made a great putt on 18, and I thought that I had lost. I thought he had beat me by one stroke," eventual champion James Kurtenbach said Monday from his home in Highlands Ranch.

But when the scores were tallied back in the clubhouse, it became apparent that that Kurtenbach had lost track of a stroke, and his effort to hold off the Steamboat favorite on the final 18 holes of the two-day event still were alive. The title for the men's low gross in the championship flight would be decided in a playoff.

"I was just happy that I had forced the playoff," Boucher said. "He led me nearly the whole way, but I was able to score an eagle on 18, and that really helped."

Boucher and Kurtenbach were tied at 144 after 36 holes of play. The two players both scored pars on the first hole of sudden death, but on the second hole, Boucher's tee shot missed the mark, and Kurtenbach, who played golf for Colorado State University, said he wasn't about to let the opportunity slip away.

Kurtenbach nailed a 12-footer to score a birdie and seal the title. Boucher made par.

"He's a very scrappy player, and he knows this course," Kurtenbach said. "I knew if didn't hit that putt, there was a good chance he was going to get me on the next hole."

Despite falling just short of the title, Boucher said he wasn't disappointed with his play or the tournament, which now is in its second year at Haymaker.

"I don't travel a lot to play golf," Boucher said. "So to have two days of play with a field of golfers who are scratch level or better is great. I love the competition of this tournament, and I think it's only going to get better."

This year, the tournament hosted a total of 60 players, including 12 from outside of Steamboat Springs. Haymaker pro Hank Franks last year's inaugural event drew 53 players.

Franks said getting the tournament on the Colorado Golf Association's points list was a big help in attracting out-of-town golfers. He expects the event will grow even more next year.

"This tournament is still evolving," Franks said. "It started primarily as a men's tournament, but we saw a lot more women this year and there's no reason it can't keep growing."

Franks compared the Fall Classic to the Haywhacker junior tournament, which is held earlier in the summer. That tournament was started as a local junior event, but it now draws a large field of junior golfers from across the state.

Steamboat Springs' Barbara Simms won the gross title in the women's Fall Classic championship flight with a two-day total of 171. She held off Pam Vanatta, who was second at 174, and D.J. Edwards, who was third with a 175. Vanatta earned the title in the net division.

Scott Berry won the men's net title at the Fall Classic. Mark Fischer won the men's first flight (gross), and Tom Corl won the men's first flight (net). Fruita's Daniel Boehm topped the men's second flight (gross) with a 177, and Jeff Nelson was second flight's top net player.

Linda Danter topped the women's first flight net division with a 136.

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