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Combined Club tees off

Ray Banning knows a good deal when he sees one.

A regular golfer at Hay–maker Golf Course, the Steamboat Springs man took advantage of a rare opportunity to golf three local courses in as many days when he signed up for the Combined Club Championship.

For $150 and additional fees for golf cart rental, men and women will play 18 holes at Catamount Ranch Golf Club, Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club and Haymaker. Friday’s opening round was at Catamount.

“The price can’t be beat,” Banning said.

On Friday afternoon, Banning, Tim VanWyngarden and Jamie Pallotti were sitting near the clubhouse and the scorecards. The three have played in the Combined Club Championship before and enjoy the format.

Tom Weiskopf designed Catamount, and it took the threesome nearly five hours to play 18 holes, but none seemed to mind giving up a Friday morning and afternoon for golf. Pallotti and VanWyngarden even used a vacation day to play.

“We like the opportunity to play on this course,” VanWyngarden said.

Pallotti said the three played “average” on the opening day, but they have 36 holes left in the tournament, which used to be the City Championship.

Today’s round moves to the Sheraton, and play will last all day. Sunday’s final round is at Haymaker.

Through 18 holes, Michael Goode and Steve Dodson are atop Flight 1 after shooting 74s on Friday. John Reid is atop Flight 2. Jay Baverstock is the Flight 3 leader, and Patrick Ryan is the Flight 4 leader. Craig Denton leads Flight 5, and Jeff Nelson is the leader in Flight 6. Barb Simms is the women’s leader through the first round.