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Stephenson wins another title

Golfer Paula Stephenson prefers not to think about the numbers when she’s on the course playing.

“I don’t pay attention to the scores when I’m playing,” Stephenson said. “I don’t keep track of what other players are doing, and I try not to focus on my own scores. I just write them down and add them all up at the end. That way, there is no pressure.”

Stephenson must have liked the way the numbers fell into place last weekend, when she added up her scores from the Combined Club Championships.

Stephenson trailed Barb Simms by two strokes Friday after the opening round at Catamount Ranch & Club.

But consistency would be the key for Stephenson as she rolled to another title.

On Saturday, Simms slipped off the pace, and Stephenson took a five-stroke lead over Betty Nichols, who moved into second.

Stephenson also was strong on the final day, finishing with a total of 259. Simms returned to form to capture second at 274.

Nichols won the net division with a handicapped score of 215. Linda Danter was second in the net division at 220.

“I was consistent all weekend,” Stephenson said. “I played the first three holes on the front nine poorly, but did great on the back nine.”

The last time Stephenson

won the tournament was in 2002.

Stephenson said this is one of the best tournaments of the season, and she would love to see more women from Steamboat come out to play. Last weekend’s women’s field had seven golfers.

She understands that three consecutive days of golf at a few of Steamboat’s toughest courses can be a bit intimidating for some golfers. She also said that with the women’s U.S. Open taking place in Denver, the timing of the tournament may have limited the field size, too.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Steph–enson said of the tournament. “I love the courses and I love the format.”

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