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Goode, Edwards in lead

Today: Round 3 of Combined Club Championship

Melinda Mawdsley

After two days of play in the Steamboat Springs Combined Club Championship, Michael Goode finds himself in the lead after a round of 76 at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club on Saturday.

He has a two-day gross score of 155 in the Doak Walker flight. He shot a 79 in his first round at Catamount Ranch & Club.

Butch Boucher, last year’s champion, and John Vanderbloemen are one shot behind Goode

Leading the Hazie Werner flight after two days is D.J. Edwards. She fired a 91 at the Sheraton on Saturday. On Friday, Edwards finished the round of 18 at Catamount with an 85. Paula Stephenson is eight shots behind Edwards.

A late-afternoon thunderstorm that blew through Steamboat Springs on Friday postponed the conclusion of the first round in the championship flight. Those players who did not finish their rounds Friday teed off early Saturday morning at the Catamount course before packing up and driving to the Sheraton course to complete the second round Saturday afternoon.

Clear skies and high fall temperatures made for a perfect day at the Sheraton, said Lon Grundy, the Sheraton’s director of golf.

“The moisture was helpful for the course,” Grundy said. “We got up early and put a good cut on the grass. From the members to the guests, they’ve said these are some of the best conditions in 30 years. This summer the agronomics have been great.”

There are eight flights in this year’s championships — six men’s flights and two women’s flights. Two champions will be crowned in each flight after the third round today at the Haymaker Golf Course. The top gross and net (with handicap) players in each division will be recognized with awards.

Tim Fuhrer, Haymaker assistant professional, said the course employees are looking forward to hosting the final round of the Combined Club Championships today.

“We’ve certainly spoke with the maintenance crew to set up the course for tournament conditions,” Fuhrer said. “We have a lot of players playing good golf in all our flights.”

Haymaker will be closed to the public until the afternoon, Fuhrer said. Tee times for today’s final rounds begin at 8 a.m.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com


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