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Indian Tree Restaurant adds a gourmet twist Colorado golf history Three Tomatoes & Steakhouse Club offers unique cuisine Apparel ranges from traditional to trendy Perfect your golf swing Courses work toward Audubon certification Darges leads Loveland youth Golf course greens require care

University of Colorado golfer leads the way 44 48 Lollar makes second career in golf 52 Hiwan Golf Course offers fast greens, mountain retreat

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Golf for Every Age Kids, families and seniors can all benefit from golf By Kendra Walker Longmont Times-Call

Whether you’re young or old, a beginner or expert or maybe somewhere in-between, golf is an activity that anyone can enjoy. No matter what category you fall under, golf is a beneficial option for you to get exercise and enjoy the game with others. Kids Introducing your child to the game of golf can be beneficial for his or her development. Golf teaches your children hand-eye-coordination, sportsmanship, confidence and social skills. The technical skills required in golf help kids to make decisions, use critical judgement and set goals for themselves. “They develop life skills,” says Keith Martin, the head professional at Twin Peaks Golf Course in Longmont. “They can go home and say ‘I did this all by myself.’” Golf keeps your kids outdoors participating in a healthy lifestyle and contributes to building their self-esteem. Teens Golf gives teenagers the opportunity to challenge themselves and move into a more competitive environment. Your teenager can choose to play in high school competitions or just stay active on a weekly basis having fun with friends. “Golf is a game they can play for the rest of their lives,” Martin says. Though there are few people who can achieve playing golf on a professional level, teenagers are still encouraged to set and accomplish goals, such as playing golf to obtain a college scholarship. Families Playing golf is an activity that the whole FRONT RANGE GOLF

Noni Chrisman, 82, chips onto a green at Sunset Golf Course in Longmont in October 2010 during a ladies tournament. (Lewis Geyer /Times-Call)

family can enjoy. It provides a healthy outlet for you to spend time together because it promotes recreation and conversation within your family. “If done with no high expectations from the parents, a family can have a wonderful time playing together,” Martin says. He and his assistant, Steve Kunselman, suggest that family time on the golf course be an opportunity for positive reinforcement and encouragement within the family. Golfing is an easy option to get the family 7


Couples Golf provides an opportunity for you and your significant other to experience something together. “Couples I’ve seen playing together have an unbelievably special relationship,” Martin says. Couples who are beginners to the game of golf can learn together and help each other improve. If you and your partner are already golf regulars, golf can be an enjoyable pastime while developing your relationship and growing closer. Couples playing golf together develop love, patience, encouragement and respect for each other, Martin says. Golf can also be a fun idea for a first date, if you know your partner is comfortable with the game. Time on the course encourages friendly conversation and keeps both of you entertained for hours. The Business World “A lot of business is done on the golf

course,” Martin says. Many companies use golf as a means for business as an alternative way to get to know who you work with in a relaxed environment. Some job interviews are even orchestrated on the green. “You spend four or five hours out there getting to know someone,” Martin says on building relationships on the course with your colleagues. If you’re golfing with a client, employer or employee, the golf course can help you feel more comfortable knowing that you share the same interest and hobby with a fellow coworker. Seniors Golf is an activity that seniors can easily participate in and enjoy. It provides “fresh air and a little exercise,” Kunselman says. Golf is a healthy workout that uses strong, precise movements from your body, but doesn’t require strenuous movements that may get more difficult as you age. Golf is an engaging activity that encourages you to get out and walk around in the sun. Golf can also be a great activity to play with your children and grandchildren.

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Top Performance Golf ball construction can help perfect your game By Kristi Ritter Longmont Times-Call

With the advances in golf ball technology in recent years, golfers are now realizing having the right ball for the game is almost as important as selecting the perfect set of clubs. “In all honesty, the combination of new club technology and the ball have totally revolutionized the game of golf,” says Mike Ball, head professional at Ptarmigan Golf Course in Fort Collins. Golf balls used in today’s game have been created as a response from a great deal of research and testing to ensure the materials

and resources used to create the standard 1.68-inch diameter ball are for top performance. Today’s new breeds of golf balls are multi-layered solid core balls designed for superior results. So how do you go about finding the perfect ball for your golf game? It’s first important to know the different types of balls. Construction The way a golf ball is made is fundamentally important to the way it will perform. Ball says there are three main types of golf balls: two, three and four piece. • Two-piece – Combining durability and distance, the two-piece ball is made with a single solid core enclosed in the ball’s cover, according to www.golfalot.com. The core is usually made of high-energy acrylate or resin and covered with a cut-proof cover that offers great distance. Ball says these two-piece balls typically are the most cost effective. • Three-piece – With either a solid rubber or liquid center, three-piece The first Tour Performance Series ball designed by Bridgestone is for amateur swing speeds less than 105 MPH. (Courtesy Bridgestone)


balls are then layered with an enhanced rubber layer before being covered in a durable Surlyn or similar balata, which is nonelastic rubberlike material used specifically in the covers for golf balls. Ball says the three-piece golf balls are typically softer and take more spin. He also believes the three-piece ball offers higher playability for a lower handicapped player. “When it comes to scoring in golf, what’s really important is what you do from 100 yards in,” he says. “Three-piece golf balls add better spin and control for the golfer.” • Four-piece – Each layer of this ball has a specific and different purpose to help the golfer in his or her game. Typically, the center core is the solid rubber center, then layered with an inner core that helps transfer the energy from the strike. The next layer tries to increase driver distance, while producing great control and spin on the green. The outer core, or the cover, is the thinnest of all four and usually made from urethane for a soft, durable feel. Ball says the pricing of the four-piece balls is similar to the three-piece. Overall, Ball says the core softness affects the shot of the ball off the driver or iron, while the cover affects the feel around the green and spin shots. While there was a time when there was only a couple really good golf balls out there, Ball says there are now so many companies doing a good job due to the research and development they put on crafting a golf ball. “One of the best companies out there now that I believe offers a wide spectrum is Bridgestone,” Ball says. The balls have been designed to control the amount of spin based

The Callaway Tour i(z) ball is the company’s longest tour ball. It uses a dual core to achieve optimized performance for through-the-bag shot consistency. (Courtesy Callaway)

on the type of player.

Selecting a Ball for Your Game Ball says golfers want to select balls based on what type of game they play and what they want the ball to do around the green. “I believe that when players are picking out their golf balls, they should have their swing speed tested,” he says. “Many players pick the most expensive ball, but if they don’t have a swing speed fast enough to compress that ball they won’t reap the benefits of the ball. And if you have too fast of a swing speed using a soft ball, it’s the equivalent of hitting a marshmallow.” Ball says golfers should look at their ball flight and determine whether they are hitting high or low, or slicing the ball. This will help determine the type of ball that is best for their game. While a golf professional at a golf course can help fit a ball to a person’s game, Ball says Bridgestone offers annual ball fittings at local clubs, such as Ptarmigan. Many golf courses will also get in sample packs at the start of the season, which golfers can ask to try out. “Take them out for yourself and try different The Nike 20XI hits stores April 29, and features a balls,” he says. “Don’t get pigeon holed combination of proprietary technology never seen in the into one golf ball just because of its golf industry. (Courtesy Nike) history.” FRONT RANGE GOLF

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Getting the Right Fit Customized golf clubs add confidence on the course By Summer Stair Longmont Times-Call

While everyone knows a golfer’s playing ability and strategy on the course determines the final score, some may not be aware of the importance and confidence a good club design has on a player. C.J. Ebel, director of instruction and club making at Haystack Mountain Golf Course in Niwot, says club design takes into account how far the ball will go, trajectory and turf conditions. All of these things can effect how a course is played. But how do you know if you have a good club design? Both Ebel and Shawn Walsh, merchandise manager at Colorado Ski and Golf, say if you are serious about the sport, taking the time to get fitted for customized clubs is one of the most important things a golfer can do for their game. “Materials are great off the rack, but you only have a 20 percent chance it’s going to fit you just right,” Ebel says. If you are just beginning, buying a set of clubs can be ideal if adjusted to your specific body size. If a club doesn’t fit you right it can create bad habits hurting your game in the long run. “There is definitely different needs for different-sized people,” Walsh says. “Having the right angle, type of shaft, grip choice, right length and choosing the overall design of the golf club all plays an important role. Visually, you must like the style and design of the club because all of these intangibles will help instill confidence and give

C.J. Ebell adjusts a set of clubs. (Paul Litman/ Times-Call) 12

C.J. Ebell, golf instructor and custom club maker at Haystack Mountain Golf Course, adjusts the lie on a set of golf clubs. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

you less to focus on when on the course.” Ebel realizes golf can be an expensive sport and recommends golfers start small and build up their clubs to a complete set throughout time. “If you want to play golf focus on quality, not quantity,” he says. “Your game will get better if you have one or two really good clubs.” The only clubs needed to learn strategy when playing a course and define your game and its limitations are a 7-iron or 8-iron and a putter, Ebel says. Once you can play a good game with these clubs, you are good enough to start building onto your set of clubs. And just remember that a club helps build confidence on the course – if it fits well, it will feel good. “Actually think of the level, try it out and get a feel for what you are choosing before buying,” Walsh recommends. “Getting a fitting will give you recommendations you may not have even thought of. There are many times we can make small adjustments to clubs to help your game. There are limitations on existing clubs, don’t put a Band-Aid over the problem.” FRONT RANGE GOLF


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GPS gives you an overhead view of the entire course, while range finders will help find lengths for an individual hole. “The GPS is different; that’s a unit that is going to tell you where you are and how far you are from the golf course, things like that.” He says the biggest advantages of these devices is that they help speed up a game. “It’s going to give you exact yardages to the tee or certain hazards, things like that, so you can really plan your strategy for the hole. It also helps you keep stats.” Cell phone apps will have similar features to their counterpart, and they may even have extras not available in the normal golf GPS and vice-versa. For those interested in using mobile apps, here are some of the top golf GPS apps including their price and mobile phone availability that may be useful the next time you are preparing to tee off. all

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Moments before swinging that chiseled iron, a thought crosses your mind. Am I hitting this right? Another second passes before you realize, if only I could map out a potential trajectory. That would give you an edge. What about a portable golf GPS? Yup, that would do the job. Some golf GPS devices resemble chunky, oversized cell phones. Costing upwards of $100 for reliable models, the price may seem a bit on the high side for the casual golfer. But you already own a piece of technology that can function as a solid golf GPS device. You just haven’t installed the correct program yet. Apps are available for select phones that can turn a cell into a portable golf GPS device. A variety of apps are available, capable of helping you get an edge to your game. Useful for mapping out a swing path and identifying hazards, some even store valuable statistical information on your game results. Eric Kobylinski, general manager of Galaxy Golf in Westminster, says he doesn’t have experience with GPS apps on cell phones, but he is experienced in selling and using golf GPS devices. “From what I have seen the functionality are about the same,” he says. Mobility is similar. “The separate GPS that we sell in the stores are the same size or smaller than the cell phone.” Other devices used by golfers to improve their game are range finders, which use a laser to determine the lengths in yards. Kobylinski says the two serve the same function but do so by different methods.

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Key for smart phone availability: A-Android, BB-Blackberry, I-iPhone, P-Palm Pre, O-Other, WM-Windows Mobile.

FreeCaddie

Cost: Free, $9.99 Pro version Available for: A, BB, I, P, O, WM FreeCaddie offers nearly all the similar features available in golf GPS apps, like the ability to download course data at golf courses and measuring the distance of a green, but what really makes this app stand apart is its versatile platform availability. Boasting an easy-to-use interface, this app still packs a punch with its unlimited course storage, player scorecards and shot measuring. Upgrading to the Pro version will run a golfer less than $10, and is probably a smart buy.

Golfshot

Cost: $29.99 Available for: A, I The premier golf GPS app for Android and iPhones, this app was made famous in an iPhone commercial. The price is reasonable considering its capabilities, which include a score keeper for multiple players. You can even view layups based on your clubs. The app also provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of every round. You will chose from a database of more than 30,000 courses with this app. The price is on-par with most other golf apps, and once you install it on your phone you can use it as many times as you’d like.

Green Finder

Cost: $35 a year

Available for: A, BB, I, WM

Club selection is made all too simple thanks to this app. For $35, the product is yours for a year. The subscription price may keep some from becoming too interested, so this one is probably for a player who visits courses frequently. This app will offer GPS mapping for more than 10,000 golf courses, including some outside the United States. One valuable feature: this app allows for unlimited real-time golf course downloads when you need them. In the iPhone version, you can even create a course if the green you are playing on is not in the Green Finder database.

GolfCard

Cost: Free, $9.99 Pro version Available for: A, I For those eager to boast their consecutive birdies or other 18-hole triumphs, GolfCard is your type of app. Once a game is finished, this app will record statistics and even allow e-mailing of the results. Designed with crisp attention to detail, this app was mentioned in a prominent magazine as one of the best gifts for dad on Father’s Day. You’ll have to upgrade to the Pro version if you want the feature statistical analysis and record keeping.

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BEFORE YOU BUY! Be sure to check with the tournament or league you participate in to assure the use of range finder or other golf apps comply with and do not violate Rule 14-3 of The Rules of Golf. This rule regulates the use and practices of artificial devices, unusual equipment and unusual use of equipment. “You can’t use this during tournament play,” Kobylinski says. “A touring professional is not going to use this during a tournament. Now a caddy might use it to mark yardages on his yard book.” 16

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English-based Statsports, which designed Pocket Caddy, specializes in implementing GPS technology for athletic purposes. They spared no expense in creating the app, which features vivid 3-D flyovers of courses, 3-D replays of rounds and shot recording and score keeping. According to its website, Pocket Caddy can even run on car satellite navigation systems. Once purchased, the app offers access to a membership program that enables users to download new courses and add them to their library.

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At the Indian Tree Restaurant in Arvada, the Santa Fe Chicken Salad is one of the biggest sellers with fresh cut veggies, seasoned chicken, cheddar jack cheese, black beans, tomatoes, peppers and onions all tucked below a signature southwest ranch dressing. Opposite page: The bar area of the Indian Tree Restaurant. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

A Gourmet Twist

With a passion for food, Chef Jeremy makes Indian Tree Restaurant unique

By Kristi Ritter Longmont Times-Call

Culinary arts have been a big part of Jeremy Quattlebaum’s life, whose dad was a pastry chef. With a family passionate about cooking, the love for food was passed along to Quattlebaum whose culinary creations as the executive chef and food and beverage director shine for the Indian Tree Golf Course Restaurant in Arvada. “I have that love and passion for cooking,” he says. “But what I’ve done is taken typical

A favorite at the Indian Tree Restaurant is the Indian Tree Burger loaded with the works and served along with the restaurant’s homemade chips. (Paul Litman/Times-Call) 18

golf course cuisine and added a gourmet twist.” As a municipal golf course with a country club feel, Indian Tree rests on the west side of Colo. Highway 287 in the midst of the city. But you won’t get that city feel from this course, which offers amazing Front Range views nestled among mature trees and babbling streams and ponds. The rustic Colorado feel to the clubhouse is only one reflection of the comfortable feel guests will receive when dining at Indian Tree. “We want to treat out guests like they are at a country club,” he says. “It’s how we approach our all around look, feel and staff.” Guests will find a variety of culinary delights on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from burgers and wraps to lush green salads. But these creations are anything but ordinary, with Quattlebaum adding his signature touch resulting in a marriage of traditional favorites with a gourmet twist. “We want to offer things to the customer they won’t get anywhere else,” he says. “But we also want our golfers to make this their place to hang out and enjoy great food.” Favorite items on the menu include the Indian Tree Burger, Southwest Chicken FRONT RANGE GOLF


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Chef Jeremy Quattlebaum adds ingredients to food being prepared in the Indian Tree Restaurant kitchen. Right: Banquet facilities at Indian Tree are perfect for a small wedding, graduation party, rehearsal dinner and golf tournaments. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

Wrap and Fish and Chips. But guests also dive into the Santa Fe Chicken Salad which features fresh cut greens topped with cheddar jack cheese, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions and tender diced chicken, all tucked below the restaurant’s signature southwest ranch dressing. Quattlebaum says they make many items from scratch, allowing them to put a signature touch on all of their dishes, and offers the chance for seasonal menus. One huge success among customers has been the restaurant’s homemade potato chips that are thinly sliced potatoes fried to perfection and lightly dusted with salt. “It separates us from others and goes along with our own classic pub feel,” he says. “More importantly, presentation is a huge part of our success in making traditional food look great.” Premium local grade-A beef is another thing Quattlebaum believes sets them apart, with family recipes and seasonings added to the meat to give it a unique flavor. The restaurant uses local foods whenever possible to help do their part in supporting the local economy. In addition to the restaurant open to the public, Indian Tree Golf Course also offers banquet facilities that can seat up to 150 guests, perfect for a small wedding, graduation parties, rehearsal dinner, golf tournaments or the like. The rustic, cozy feel of the FRONT RANGE GOLF

banquet room is the perfect scene amidst the mammoth stone fireplace that anchors the space. With a blueprint of a menu, Quattlebaum enjoys the opportunity to customize the menu for guests’ particular tastes. “Indian Tree is a big family who works together as a unit to make our jobs fun and easier, while giving our guests the best food possible,” he says. Special monthly dinners also give guests another chance to enjoy unique cuisine from Quattlebaum and his staff. With different themes each month, such as Italian or French inspiration, guests enjoy a fivecourse dinner from local and ethnic cuisine brought to life through Quattlebaum’s intense passion for food and wine pairing. The small, intimate feel of these dinners allows guests to be inspired by the food and great conversation among new friends. On any given day people may find regulars among those dining at the Indian Tree Restaurant, or even playing cards in the afternoon among friends. Quattlebaum’s goal was to make the restaurant a place to hang out and enjoy great food and happy hour specials all in the beautiful setting of the Indian Tree Golf Course. Learn more about the Indian Tree Restaurant by visiting www.indiantree.org, or call 303-467-7179 to check out menus and upcoming special events. 21


Golfers in Glenwood Springs in approximately 1900. (Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection)

A Vibrant History Colorado offers unique contribution to golfing past By Kendra Walker Longmont Times-Call

When it comes to the history of golf, most of us know to aim our golf swing in Scotland’s direction. But how well do you know Colorado’s role in golf history? Filled with beautiful courses, well-renowned players and key moments, Colorado is a unique contributor to the historic past of the beloved game we know today. Colorado’s first golf course was Overland Golf Course, established in 1895. This historic site also served as the setting for several of Colorado’s firsts: first horse racing track and first auto racing strip in 1902, first air field in 1910, and host to “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s “Wild West Show” in 1913. “Overland was for all the wealthy heavyhitters that made Denver what it was,” says Dan Hogan, Colorado golf historian and board member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. In 1915, the Colorado Golf Association was founded. Some of the earliest golf courses to appear included City Park Golf Course 22

Bear Creek Golf Course, Evergreen Mun icipal Golf Course, 1930s. (Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection)

in 1918, Cherry Hills in 1922 and Wellshire in 1927. “The city of Denver paid $60,000 for Wellshire – the grounds, water, everything,” Hogan says. In 1959, Wellshire held the U.S. Amateur Public Links won by Bill Wright, the first African American to win a USGA championship. Cherry Hills is “probably one of the most famous,” according to Hogan. Cherry Hills held the first U.S. Open “West of the Mississippi” in 1938 and has hosted a total of three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and FRONT RANGE GOLF


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A signed photo of Jack Nicklaus taken in 1958. (Courtesy Dan Hogan)

A signed photo by Arnold Palmer in 1958 at the Wellshire in Denver. (Courtesy Dan Hogan) Bottom: Golfe rs in Colorado Springs in approximately 1900. (Courtesy Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum)

seven USGA competitions throughout the years. As for native players, Charles “Babe” Lind became the first Colorado native to play in the Masters in 1947. Hale Irwin, winner of three U.S. Opens, Dale Douglass, winner of three PGA Tours, and Steve Jones, a U.S. Open winner, all attended the University of Colorado. “They were the outstanding players who came out of Colorado,” Hogan says. “They were almost as well-known as any college football player there.” Hogan’s favorite moment in Colorado golf history was witnessing Arnold Palmer’s famous charge to win the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in 1960. The key contenders of the tournament included Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. “There were three eras com-

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ing together,” says Hogan, who worked for a radio station at the time, presenting the tournament’s highlights. “That was a grand event to see.” For Hogan, golf is one of life’s greatest inspirations. Hogan began caddying at Park Hill Golf Club in 1944 before playing competitive golf. Earning 75 cents for the job, he recalls how most of the golf professionals back then began as caddies. “Caddying was a great way for a youngster to get involved in the game,” Hogan says. “I learned a lot of life lessons through caddying.” Hogan hopes Colorado’s role in golf history will continue to hold a strong influence for natives and visitors alike. He encourages younger audiences to take up the sport, keeping golf an important player in Colorado’s future.

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Incredible Tastes By Kristi Ritter Longmont Times-Call

The Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden is known for its location, history and architectural design, netting it award-winning honors. But inside its walls is the Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club restaurant that makes any golfer want to hurry through their game for a grand dining experience second to none. Opening seven years ago, just a year after the golf course, Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club offers a dining experience anyone will enjoy, whether it’s a business luncheon, a social among friends, a family gathering or a five-star sit down dinner. In addition, special events give food goers even more in which to immerse themselves, including wine, beer and spirit pairings, catered parties and special occasions. Andy Shaff, food and beverage director for Three Tomatoes, says the restaurant continues to strive to improve the variety and diversity on menu selections. Seasonal menus help the restaurant accomplish that, capitalizing on fresh ingredients and local

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The dining room at Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club offers amazing views of Golden. Below: A tantalizing steak served with roasted tomatoes. (Courtesy Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club)

selections when possible. “We want to be able to offer more seasonal, local vegetables to go along with menu items because we like to bring in that local aspect,” he says. “Sustainable is very important, and using local is a big part of that.” While menus change with the seasons, Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club will keep your taste buds feasting for more from traditional breakfast items to signature burgers and wraps for a casual lunch to certified Angus beef steaks and fresh seafood for dinner. “We consider ourselves a new American Steakhouse,” says Andy Shaff, food and beverage director. “And being unique out here, we offer a fine dining option in the Golden

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and Saturday night Fossil rib specials offer a one-of-a-kind treat. “On Saturday nights, we use a smoker that we pull out toward the driving range and smoke bison and pork featuring ‘Dem Bones’ by Kansas City smoke master Bill Starks,” Shaff says. Seafood lovers will enjoy the flavors of the Potato Wrapped Halibut that is seared and served with a Buerre Rouge sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to fish. Wrapped in thinly sliced potatoes, the halibut is finished in the oven. In addition to tantalizing your taste buds, Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club will also take your breath away with the amazing views. “Our amazing views are just the appetizer,” Shaff says. “We stand above Golden nestled in the foothills of the Rockies with views into the valley overlooking the golf course.” And with a patio to take in the scenery, summer-time dining becomes even more enjoyable to savor the rustic, mountain decor the restaurant offers. Check out Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club’s menu online at www.fossiltrace.com/Restaurant.html or call 303-277-8755.

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Another way golfers can separate themselves from the pack is through Loudmouth Golf, a golf apparel company founded by Scott “Woody” Woodworth and based in California. Loudmouth sells pants, shorts, shirts and other apparel for both men and women that feature bright colors and wacky prints. “Golfers used to dress this way in the early ’70s,” says Woodworth, but when he got into the game, there were no “out there” or retro styles available to golfers. He says he wanted to be like “those fun guys,” who he saw on TV as a kid, who wore loud patchwork or striped pants. Woodworth says that golfing is the opposite of work, so why would you wear the same clothes to the course as you do to the office? That philosophy led to the creation of Loudmouth with one pair of colorful pants, and Woodworth quickly discovered that many golfers share that perspective. Loudmouth apparel is available at the Ranch Country Club in Westminster, Heritage Eagle Bend in Aurora and Golfsmith stores. If you’re tied to the tradition of classic shirts and pants, or your course and its members would frown upon more creative apparel choices, there are still abounding options for golf apparel. Moisture-wicking fabrics and high-performance slacks designed for play are widely available, and golf shoes are looking less golf-like every year. These items are better performing for the avid golfer, but transition well from course to clubhouse. 29


Becky Clark, LPGA teaching pro and certified golf fitness instructor at Leonard’s Gold in Erie, demonstrates a back swing. Right: Leonard Hermosillo, owner and teaching professional at Leonard’s Golf, demonstrates the importance of a complete follow through.

Find your perfect swing By Summer Stair • Photos by Paul Litman Much goes into a round of golf, but one crucial aspect is having a swing that delivers the ball to where you want it to go. “There’s a lot that goes into getting a perfect swing – your height, weight and available time to practice,” says Leonard Hermosillo, owner and teaching professional at Leonard’s Golf in Erie. “There’s a perfect swing for everybody, but it has to be customized for you.” Hermosillo says many golfers come in for lessons, hoping to leave with a swing like they see golf professionals doing on TV, but he is quick to explain that every person’s swing is going to be different depending on their age, stature and agility. “To get a swing like the pros you would have to start young, have the time to practice and be in really good physical condition.” Steve Heany, head instructor and owner of Denver Golf Lessons in Englewood, agrees, “There really isn’t a perfect golf swing 30

because if there was, everyone would be a golfer. What I try and do is find a swing that works consistent for that person, because everyone has their own way of doing things.” While golf can be played at any age, the most important thing to being a consistent player on the course is having basic fundamentals perfected. Heany says having the right athletic setup and grip on the club with a good follow through are extremely important to having a good swing. “Most people take too long of a back swing and then their follow through is too short,” Heany says. Hermosillo understands the importance of teaching fundamentals, too. He always makes sure his students can physically hit the ball, have equipment that fits them properly and that they can square the face of the club. These things will lead to getting a customized swing that will help them be consistent on the course. Heany says those working on their swing FRONT RANGE GOLF


must work on their grip and holding the club correctly, but it is also important to make sure they have a good athletic stance allowing them to stay balanced throughout the whole swing. If you lose your balance you are swinging too hard, he says. “Think of swinging fast instead of hard.”

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Animals wander the Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont. (Courtesy Vance Vogt, city of Longmont)

Golf courses strive for environmental friendly certification By Kristi Ritter Longmont Times-Call

Environmental awareness is becoming more mainstream as people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve water, eat local and embark in native plantings. While individuals may pledge themselves to leading more ‘green’ lives, businesses and organizations are also stepping up to take part in a movement that will help sustain the environment. Golf courses are such businesses looking at ways to address environmental issues and opportunities to improve throughout their operation. Together with Audubon International, golf courses are becoming recognized as community environmental assets through their 20-year-old Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Joellen Lampman, director for the 32

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, says the program addresses golf’s specific environmental issues and opportunities while providing certification. “Certification provides motivation for acting on what we teach while also serving as an educational vehicle to allow interaction between golf course staff and Audubon International,” she says. “When the program works at its absolute best, the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary becomes a model for the entire community as to what sustainable resource management can look like.” Longmont’s Ute Creek Golf Course is currently in the process of receiving certification through the Audubon International program. John Smyth, ground maintenance technician at Ute Creek Golf Course, has headed up the effort. “We are here to protect this area and the environment,” he says. FRONT RANGE GOLF


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“Not only is it a great help, it’s an improvement to the land that is kind to the animals.” Smyth started the application process last year and hopes to achieve complete certification this year. Golf courses registered in the program receive a member packet containing a guide to stewardship, an art print, ecological community and native plant information, a regional resource list and a certification handbook. The program also seeks information about the course layout, natural features, management strategies and goals, and current conservation practices, according to Lampman. With the review of the site assessment and environment plan, if the goals are met for the Audubon and the golf course, the first certification received will be for Environmental Planning. Additionally, there are five categories golf courses must address in order to garner full certification: Wildlife and Habitat Management; Chemical Use Reduction and Safety; Water Conservation; Water Quality Management; and Outreach and Education. Golf courses must determine projects to implement that meet the requirements of Audubon and the categories. Smyth says Ute Creek has done a lot of natural plantings throughout the years that have attracted a great deal of wildlife to the course. On most days golfers can see fox jutting in and out of grasses, osprey diving for fish in the ponds, birds flying overhead and even bullfrogs grumbling from the water’s edge. Water conservation has always been an important factor for Ute Creek Golf Course, as the city has enforcements in place. “Our goal to reduce water is done by way of our irrigation system,” Smyth says. “If we get onetenth of an inch of precipitation in a day, the system will measure that and adjust watering to the exact science.” Smyth says the certification paperwork is thorough, and must be recertified every two years, because Audubon wants to make sure projects completed ensure the success of the golf course sanctuary. In addition, the compiled materials allow Smyth to work on the outreach and education portion of the program to educate staff, management, golfers and community members on what the golf course is doing to help the environment. 35


Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder achieved its certification in June 2010. Doug Cook, director of golf at Flatirons, says the city of Boulder also has strict guidelines for environmental impact, so pulling together the information for the certification was not too difficult. “I think the residents of Boulder are pretty enthusiastic environmentalists,” Cook explains. “And they enjoy playing this great game where they don’t have to taint the earth at a big environmental price.” Cook says the golf course has done several projects to address the needs of the six categories achieved by the Audubon certification. In terms of water conservation, the course completed a phase one upgrade to its irrigation system that installed three times more sprinkler heads located closer together allowing for more spot water for problem areas instead of overall watering. In terms of water quality management, Flatirons uses water from the Howard and Dry Creek ditches, which is captured and filtered so the water used is pure, Cook explains. Like Ute Creek, Flatirons also rarely uses

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Darges takes his passion for golf to teach youth in Loveland By Kristi Ritter

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Growing up in Loveland and across the street from a golf course, Jim Darges learned to play golf from his dad, who frequented the course and was often found with his son at his side. If the game slowed, Darges would dart ahead and hit the ball toward the hole. As a youth, he loved learning the game from his dad while picking up on rules for play to perfect his game. “I grew up on the course, playing golf with my dad on the weekends and chipping balls on weeknights,” Darges explains. “I have some great memories of that.” In high school he joined the golf team, which earned him a golf scholarship to attend a community college. Golf defined him and lead him to Florida where he worked in several golf programs and instructed both adults and youth. But his roots beckoned, prompting him to move back to Loveland where he started teaching adult lessons at Mariana Butte Golf Course. It wasn’t long before Darges took over the city of Loveland junior golf program, aiming to offer instruction like his dad had done for him years before. “My goal was to help kids learn how to play golf,” he says. “It’s a lot easier if you can start kids with some instruction to learn the fundamentals of the game.” As the program grew, so did the need for additional levels of instruction for local youth, prompting new classes for 6- and 7-year-olds, beginners, intermediates and advanced junior golfers. Offered throughout the summer, the programs give kids time on the course to learn the game, as the city of Loveland donated two half days for youth to play golf. Darges says he works with the youth to putt, score, perfect their swing and other fundamentals of the game. In the program for the 6- and 7-year-olds, parents are required to attend the classes, which helps grow the excitement as kids learn new things. “I had a kid last year get up and hit


a hole in one,” Darges says, who was just as excited as the kid and his parents. “There is a definite sense of accomplishment in teaching youth, as I’ve been able to see them progress throughout the years,” he says. “And, if the kids get involved, it gets the parents involved, allowing for a great connection between parent and child. Making that time on the course gives them a connection as a family and quality time together.” Darges believes junior golf programs offer

a great foundation for kids to learn the game correctly in the first attempt, which ultimately makes the game easier. He aims at keeping instruction simple, basic and most of all, fun, which encourages kids to keep coming back. Many communities along the Front Range offer junior golf programs, so be sure to check with your local golf course. For more information about the city of Loveland’s junior golf program, visit www.ci.loveland .co.us/golf/youth.htm or call Cattail Creek Golf Course at 970-663-5310 where most of the junior golf programs occur.

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Colorado is home to several types of grasses that define golf courses By Esteban L. Hernandez Longmont Times-call


Grass is cut at Sunset Golf Course in Longmont. Opposite page: A green at Saddleback Golf Course in Firestone. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

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prove challenging, Grant observes that the most common species of grass found in Colorado greens is creeping bentgrass. “Golf course greens in cooler climates are usually some cultivar of Agrostis,” Grant says. This genus is known in more common form as bentgrass. Like Grant, Larry Mills, golf operations manager for the city of Longmont, says most courses in Colorado are originally seeded in bentgrass. “The intended species is creeping bentgrass. You’ll probably find that in just about every golf course in Colorado,” Mills says. A Quiet Invader Mills uses the word intended when describing grass types for a reason. “There is an invasive species that invade our golf courses and eventually becomes the predominant species in our golf course,” Mills says. The culprit Mills refers to is the annual bluegrass (Poa annua). Many Colorado greens are in the midst of an invasion from this obtrusive species. 41


Grant also mentioned bluegrass as an invasive species, calling it “an alien invader that may dominate our local greens.” While bluegrass is the usual suspect, other invasive species also threaten native greens. “One of the most common invasive weedy grasses on golf courses around here is Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass), but there are a lot of weedy species on golf courses that aren’t grasses,” Grant says, referring to plants such as thistles and dandelions. Dealing with these weeds can also lead to harmful effects on the environment. “Most golf courses also apply significant amounts of herbicides to kill invasive species such as dandelions. Those herbicides, of course, drain into water systems, sometimes with significant harmful effects,” Grant says. How Grasses Affect One’s Game Mills observes that multiple grass strains in a course can moderately affect a player’s success on the green. While invasive species can also pop up on fairways and roughs, Mills mentions the putting surface as the most affected area. He explains that the

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Emily Talley has always been competitive. In high school, she played competitive tennis before she committed to golf as her sport of choice. Now, as part of the University of Colorado Boulder women’s golf team, she’s shown herself a leader and tough competitor, but also an admirable teammate and fast friend to those she meets on the course. Talley has played golf since she was young. Her dad, a doctor, loved the sport and played with her, allowing her to drive the cart while growing up in California. She got serious as a junior in high school and then, after transferring to R.L. Stevenson in Pebble Beach, Calif., for her senior year, Talley had the unique pleasure of playing on the renowned Spyglass Hill as her home course. While the courses in Pebble Beach are regarded as incomparable, she loves the courses in Colorado, too. She’s counting down to the U.S. Women’s Open, which is at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs this summer, and also loves playing at the Boulder Country Club. “Those greens can be rolling really fast,” she says. She’s had the opportunity to play nationwide as part of the CU women’s golf team, and says her favorite courses are the ones that “keep you on your toes” and those that incorporate their natural surroundings into the course design, like an art form. In August, she’ll have the chance to play golf in China, as Talley was recently chosen to play for Team U.S.A. for the World University Games, one of her many accomplishments as a Colorado golfer. “I was shocked and amazed and honored when I got that phone call,” Talley says. “I just didn’t think it was in the books for me.” Since joining the CU team as a freshman, Talley has watched her game improve conFRONT RANGE GOLF

Emily Talley has played golf since she was young, before getting serious in high school. Now playing for the University of Colorado at Boulder team, Talley is counting down to the U.S. Women’s Open this summer that opens at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. (Courtesy University of Colorado at Boulder)

sistently. “I was never expecting to do as well as I’ve done,” she says. “I’ve shaved off two strokes every year so far.” Now, Talley is ranked 70th in the nation and has a 72.6 stroke average, of which she’s proud. Talley has also turned what can be an individual sport into one of friendship and comradery. Talley describes herself as loud, but that exuberance has helped her make friends out of opponents. Thirty six holes can feel long if you don’t, she says. “It’s nice to make it a social event,” Talley admits. “The girls I 45


meet through golf are fast friends. You do spend a lot of time in between shots, so it’s a good place to learn social skills and make connections.” Talley chose to play for Colorado because she fell in love with the vibe of Boulder and the scenery. She also sees college as the perfect time to explore, especially since she was given a full ride. Colorado is in her blood, though. Both of her grandparents and greatgrandmother attended CU and her sister recently graduated from the University of Denver. The coaches at CU were another draw for Talley. She says coach Anne Kelly is like a mother to the team. “You want to do well for her because she does so much for us,” she says. “We’re like her kids.” While playing with the men’s golf team at CU, Talley has noticed some distinct differences between men’s and women’s game. “Men swing out of their socks,” she says. ”Everything is about killing the ball, it’s about getting the furthest, it’s about hitting as hard as you possibly can, where for girls, it’s about positioning yourself to get to the

next shot.” Talley admits men can hit further than she can, but she’s always confident that she’ll beat them at the short game. She sees that female golfers aim for consistency and to stay out of trouble, while men don’t think about strategy as much. One similarity, Talley says, is that the short game is all about “feel.” Off the course, Talley makes her competitive spirit and love of sports part of her daily life. She doesn’t restrict herself to golf, and says competition is her hobby. Though she has aspirations to play golf professionally, if that doesn’t work out, she plans to pursue a career in sports administration. Talley says that without sports in her life, there would be a void. “I have to be around sports,” she says, so going to graduate school in a sports-related field is a possibility. For now, Talley is working on her degree in communications and getting ready for a summer filled with golf and travel and, as always, working to balance school with the demands of her sport. With her help, the CU women’s golf team continues to climb higher in national rankings.

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For Lakewood Country Club director of golf Tim Lollar, excelling at the game of golf wasn’t an option, it was a must. As a hard throwing lefty, he had spent seven years mostly as a starting pitcher in the major leagues and a constant on the roster as a designated hitter. So when he turned to golf to fill the long afternoons of spring training, he decided he was either going to get good at golf or give it up. “When you excel in another sport, you never think you will be mediocre at another,” Lollar says. “It’s an inner expectation that you will succeed and that’s what I did.” Golf wasn’t a new sport to Lollar because he played golf on his Farmington, Mo., high school team. He didn’t become serious about the sport until 1986 spring training with the Boston Red Sox. Each afternoon, Lollar hit balls on the practice range and the short range, getting in 18 holes when he could. By the time the Red Sox broke camp, Lollar had gone from shooting in the low 90s to the mid-70s. As a natural athlete, no one was surprised Lollar was again excelling at another sport. In high school, Lollar not only starred in baseball, but in basketball and football, too. But it was obvious baseball was his sport. After receiving All-America honors at the University of Arkansas in 1978, Lollar was selected by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the amateur draft. By 1980, Lollar had reached the big leagues with the Yankees, but was traded after one season to San Diego. It was with the Padres where he found his success. He not only excelled on the mound helping the Padres reach the World Series in 1984, but he made his time useful behind the bat and compiled a .234 batting average. Lollar finished his career as a reliever with the Red Sox. In his final season, he got in 32 games. It was during the time Lollar was being traded from San Diego to Boston that good friend and fellow baseball player Goose Gossage convinced him and his wife, Robyn, to move to Breckenridge. Since his wife loved to ski it seemed only natural and Lollar built a winter home in Breckenridge. After his playing days were over, the call of the mountains had Lollar back in Breckenridge where FRONT RANGE GOLF


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he found himself hanging around the Breckenridge Golf Club. Lollar decided to seek a career in golf and enrolled in a golf academy in San Diego. His first job back in Breckenridge was as an apprentice where he worked as a golf instructor for four years. By 1996, Lollar completed his PGA of America requirements and became an assistant pro at Lakewood Country Club. In less than two years, Lollar found himself acting as head pro. “I was fortunate in my baseball career,” Lollar says. “You get to a level and you want to stay at that level and I would have liked to stay longer. But golf is such a great sport, a hard sport, but a very rewarding sport.” Lollar has not only enjoyed golf throughout the years, but finds himself wanting to help grow the sport. As president of the Colorado Section PGA, Lollar finds himself working hard to get more interest ignited. “No. 1 it is a hard sport and there is a perceived high cost of the game whether it is actual or not,” he says. “It also takes time to play, but it’s a game you can play for life. You don’t have to be good to enjoy it, and it can

or doesn’t have to be competitive. There’s a lot of positives.” Through the Colorado Section PGA, Lollar is reaching Colorado golfers by offering programs that don’t require 18 holes to play a game, but only six or eight holes. He also is trying to work toward offering the game to women and minorities, and increasing junior golf awareness. Lollar’s hard work has paid off and he was recognized by the Colorado Section PGA and reigns as the current Colorado Golf Professional of the Year. “It is one of those awards that is great to be recognized, but hopefully it reflects I am doing a lot with and for the sport. To me, it is critical to grow the game of golf and enhance the economic professional.” While teaching has fallen on the way side due to his many other duties, Lollar still marvels at the many similarities posed between the two sports he has made careers of. “With a golf club in my hand I will make references to some students like ‘It’s a low outside pitch, swing like you are hitting the ball to right center field.’”

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Known around the golf world for its undulating, fast greens, Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen continues to draw golfers for a chance at the challenging course. Designed by Press Maxwell, the course was a curiosity when it opened in 1962 because few courses had ever been built above 7,600 feet. This didn’t discourage Maxwell, who made use of the natural mountain contours while designing out his famous Maxwell Rolls. “Some of the best have played here and had a hard time breaking par,” says golf course superintendent Gary Russell, who has been at the course for more than 30 years. “It’s very challenging and we were always defending par on our

greens. They were hard to putt and also fast. The fairways are designed well, too.” Kyle Heyen, PGA head golf professional and Hiwan employee for 32 years, agrees, saying the appeal of the course isn’t just the beautiful, one-of-a-kind mountain atmosphere, but the challenges offered by the up and down slopes, making every shot different. “My favorite part is you never have a straight shot from the tees; the conditions always change,” Heyen says. “The challenges of the speed of the greens, the undulations and never having a level lay from the tee is what makes the course fun to play.” The makings of Hiwan Golf Club came about when the Buchanan family of Tulsa, Okla., who owned the massive 14,000 acres Hiwan Ranch, decided in 1962 to begin a

Hiwan Golf Club’s signature 12th hole is breathtaking with its cascading water feature, vibrant greens and Aspen trees. Opposite page: A fairway at Hiwan Golf Club. (Courtesy Hiwan Golf Club) 52

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major development. It included beautiful mountain residences to surround a golf course and club at the heart of the development without fencing or walls to block views. The golf club originally was set to attract buyers, but since then has become membership restricted to Hiwan community residents. In 1966, the Buchanan family brought in an additional investor who eventually bought out the family’s and all other investors interests. Hiwan is happy to say that the same family has had interest in the club for 46 years and effective control for more than 32 years. The end result of the massive overhaul started by the Buchannans was a secluded course where golfers can enjoy a round of golf in a beautiful mountain setting. The club made a name for itself and brought national and international recognition when it founded and hosted the Colorado Open from 1964 to 1991. While at Hiwan, the tournament became the nation’s most successful state open and earned more than $2 million for its beneficiary – Craig Hospital in Englewood. Today, Hiwan Golf Club describes itself as FRONT RANGE GOLF

a family-oriented course. With a five-tee system in place, the 7,000-yard course can be played down to 2,800 yards making it playable for any age. While Hiwan’s course has remained much the same, three holes got an upgrade in 1989 when Evergeen resident and club member Dick Phelps helped redesign and improve the 11th, 12th and 14th holes. Hiwan’s signature 12th hole is a site to see with its cascading water feature. The club finds its members playing the course whenever they can, but sees its prime golf season from April to October. The cool mountain breeze at 7,665 feet gives members a chance to get away from the heat while enjoying a round of golf surrounded by mountain vistas and evergreen trees lining the fairways. If ever given the chance to play a round of golf at Hiwan, club members not only find themselves walking in the footsteps of the prized Hiwan Hereford cattle, but some of the biggest names in golf. For more information on Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, visit www.hiwan.com. While the club is private, non-members can support charitable entities tournaments on Mondays. Find a complete listing on the website. 55


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Rick Price works with a student on developing the proper swing plane. (Paul Litman)

The Golf Academy at Bella Rosa Golf Course 5830 Weld County Road 20, Frederick Phone: 303-678-2940 E-mail: bellarosarick@gmail.com Website: www.bellarosagolf.com Years Experience: 26 Services Offered: Adult Classes, private instruction, junior golf programs, custom fit golf equipment, club repair

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• May 14-15 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Spring Series Event, 14-18 division. CommonGround Golf Club, Aurora, and Aurora Hills Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • May 14-15 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Spring Series Event, 11-13 division. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • May 16 – US Open Qualifier. Heritage Westmoor, Westminster. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • May 21-22 – Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Major Heritage Eagle Bend tournament. Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, Aurora. 719-488-2191. www.golfweeksjuniortour.com. • May 26 – Colorado Golf Association Senior Match Play Qualifier. Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • May 29-30 – Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Mariana Butte Classic. Mariana Butte Golf Course, Loveland. 719-4882191. www.golfweeksjuniortour.com. June • June 1-2 – Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Major at Pelican Lakes. Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club, Windsor. 719-488-2191. www.golfweeksjuniortour.com. • June 2 – Big I Junior Classic regional qualifying tournament. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder. 303-9268600. www.iiajccolorado.com. • June 2 – Colorado Golf Association Junior Match Play Qualifier. Overland Golf Course, Denver. 303-3664653. www.cogolf.org. • June 2 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 4-5 – Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Tournament at Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks Golf Course, Longmont. 719488-2191. www.golfweeksjuniortour.com. • June 6 – US Amateur Public Links Qualifier/CGA Public Links Qualifier. Twin Peaks Golf Course, Longmont, 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 6 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Boys and girls championship. South Suburban Golf Course, Centennial. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 6 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event. Boys 14-15 and 16-18. Willis Case Golf Course, Denver. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 6 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 6-8 – Colorado Women’s Golf Association Mashie Championship. The Country Club at Castle Pines, Castle Rock and Blackstone Country Club, Aurora. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • June 6 – Local Area Optimist Junior Golf Challenge Tournament for boys and girls ages 10-18. Ute Creek Golf Course, Longmont. 303-652-6088. • June 7 – Big I Junior Classic regional qualifying tournament. Highland Hills Golf Course, Greeley. 303-926-8600. www.iiajccolorado.com. • June 7 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 11-13 division. Springhill Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 8 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Girls Junior 64

World Qualifier, 11-13 division. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 8 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. Lake Arbor Golf Club, Arvada. 303-4636753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 8-9 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Girls’ Junior World Qualifier, age 15-17. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 8-9 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Boys’ Junior World Qualifier, age 15-17. Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club, Windsor. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 10 – Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports Ninth Annual Ruby Miller Scholarship Scramble. Lake Arbor Golf Course, Arvada. 303-421-8392. www.colocgs.com. • June 10 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. Foothills Golf Course, Denver. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 10 – Loveland Tee Off for Kids. Mariana Butte Golf Course, Loveland. 970-962-2443. • June 13 – Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Tournament. Denver Country Club. 970-381-6655. • June 13 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 13 – Middle School Two-on-Two, age 11-14, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 13-16 – Colorado Women’s Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship. Heather Ridge Country Club, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 13-17 – Colorado Golf Association Senior Match Play Championship. Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 14 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. Emerald Greens Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 15 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Boys’ Junior World Qualifier, 11-14 division. Twin Peaks Golf Course, Longmont. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 15 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 15 – Li’l Linksters, age 6-10, Tournament. Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 15 – High School Two-on-Two, age 15-18, Tournament. Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 15 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. Thorncreek Golf Club, Thornton. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 15 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. Thorncreek Golf Club, Thornton. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 17-19 – Colorado Golf Association Public Links Championship. Buffalo Run Golf Course, Commerce City. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 21 – Colorado Golf Association Match Play Qualifier. Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. FRONT RANGE GOLF


• June 22 – US Girls Junior Qualifier. Valley Country Club, Aurora. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • June 22 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Li’l Linksters, ages 6-10, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 22 – High School Two-on-Two, age 15-18, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 23 – Carousel Ladies Golf Tournament. Lake Arbor Golf Course, Arvada. 303-422-4800. • June 27 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. West Woods Golf Club, Arvada. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 27 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. West Woods Golf Club, Arvada. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • June 27 – Colorado Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Qualifier. Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 28-30 – Colorado Women’s Golf Association Stroke Play Championship. Cherry Creek Country Club, Denver. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • June 28 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 11-13 division. Southridge Golf Course, Fort Collins. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 28 – Big I Junior Classic regional qualifying tournament. City Park Golf Course, Denver. 303-9268600. www.iiajccolorado.com. • June 29 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 14-18 division. Girls and boys championship at Pinehurst County Club, Denver. Boys 14-15 and 16-18 at TBD. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • June 30 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. South Suburban Golf Course, Centennial. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. July • July 1 – High School Two-on-Two, age 15-18, Tournament. Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 1 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Li’l Linksters, ages 6-10, Tournament. Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 5-7 – Colorado Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship. Greeley Country Club, Greeley 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 6 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder. 303-4636753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 6 – Middle School Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 7 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 11-13 division. Coyote Creek Golf Course, Fort Lupton. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 8 – High School and Middle School Tournament. Kennedy Golf Course, Denver. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 11-13 – Colorado Woman’s Golf Association FRONT RANGE GOLF

Junior Stroke Play Championship. Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • July 11-15 – Colorado Golf Association Match Play Championship. Bear Creek Golf Club, Denver. 303366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 12 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 11-13 division. Lake Arbor Golf Course, Arvada. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 12 – High School and Middle School Tournament. Kennedy Golf Course, Denver. 303-4636753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 13 – High School and Middle School Tournament. Kennedy Golf Course. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 13 – Li’l Linksters, age 6-10, Tournament. Kennedy Golf Course, Denver. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 14 – Big I Junior Classic state tournament. Boomerang Links, Greeley and Highland Hills Golf Course, Greeley. 303-926-8600. www.iiajccolorado.com. • July 14 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 14-18 division. Girls and boys championship at Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 14 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, boys age 14-18 division. Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 14 – Colorado Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship Qualifying Round. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • July 15 – Hyland Hills Foundation Tournament. Hyland Hills The Courses at Gold Course, Westminster. 303-650-7506. www.golfhylandhills.com. • July 17-18 Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Highland Meadow Summer Series. Highland Meadows Golf Course, Windsor. 719-488-2191. • July 18 – Colorado Women’s Golf Association Niblick Tournament. Lake Valley Golf Course, Niwot. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • July 18 – Colorado Woman’s Golf Association US Women’s Amateur Qualifier. Green Gables Country Club, Denver. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • July 20 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. Heather Ridge Country Club, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 20 – High School Two-on-Two, age 15-18, Tournament. Heather Ridge Country Club, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 20-21 – Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Mid Season Invitational. The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster. 719-488-2191. www.golfweeksjuniortour.com. • July 21-24 – Colorado Open. Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver. 303-681-0742. www.coloradopga.com. • July 23 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 25 – Colorado Junior Golf Association TwoPlayer Team Championship, 11-13 division. Heather Ridge Country Club, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. 65


• July 25-27 – Colorado Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • July 26 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Dave Askins Two-Player Team Championship, 14-18 division. Legacy Ridge Golf Course, Westminster. 303-3664653. www.cogolf.org. • July 26 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 26 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • July 27 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Bob Kelly Memorial, 14-18 division. Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 27 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Bob Kelly Memorial Boys’ and Girls’ Championship. Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 28 – Colorado Golf Association Stroke Play Qualifier. Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder. 303-3664653. www.cogolf.org. • July 29 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. South Suburban Family Sports, Centennial. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • July 30-31 – Colorado Golf Association presents Hyland Hills Amateur. Hyland Hills The Courses at Gold Course, Westminster. 303-650-7557. www.golfhylandhills.com. August • Aug. 1 – High School Boys and Girls, age 15-18, Tournament. Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lakewood. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Aug. 1 – US Amateur Qualifier/CGA Stroke Play Qualifier. Highland Meadows, Windsor. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 2 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 11-13 division. Fitzsimmons Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 3 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series Event, 10 and under division. Centre Hills Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 3 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Tournament. West Woods Golf Club, Arvada. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Aug. 8 – US Amateur Qualifier/CGA Stroke Play Qualifier. Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 11-14 – Colorado Golf Association Stroke Play Championship. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 13-14 – Golfweek’s Junior Tour: Experience at Murphy Creek. Murphy Creek Golf Course, Aurora. 719-488-2191. www.golfweeksjuniortour.com. • Aug. 15 – US Senior Amateur/CGA Senior Stroke Play Qualifier. Heritage Todd Creek, Thornton. 303366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 17 – Colorado Golf Association Senior Stroke Play Qualifier. Eagle Trace Golf Course, Broomfield. 66

303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 18 – US Senior Women’s Amateur Qualifier. Pinehurst Country Club, Denver. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. • Aug. 22 – High School Boys, age 15-18, Tournament. Homestead Golf Course, Lakewood. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Aug. 25 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Li’l Linksters, ages 6-10, Tournament. Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Aug. 29 – High School Boys, age 15-18, Tournament. Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Aug. 31 – Middle School Boys, age 11-14, Tournament. Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – Colorado Senior Open Championship. Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver. 303-681-0742. http://coloradopga.com. September • Through Sept. 2 – Colorado Senior Open Championship. Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver. 303-681-0742. http://coloradopga.com. • Sept. 1 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Li’l Linksters, ages 6-10, Tournament. Foothills Golf Course, Denver. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 6 – High School Boys, age 15-18, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 7 – Middle School Boys, age 11-14, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 7-9 – Colorado Golf Association Senior Stroke Play Championship. Valley Country Club, Aurora. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Sept. 8 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Li’l Linksters, ages 6-10, Tournament. Indian Tree Golf Course, Arvada. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 10-11 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Fall Series Event, 14-18 division. Highland Meadows Golf Course, Windsor. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Sept. 10-11 – Colorado Junior Golf Association Fall Series Event, 11-13 division. Highlands Meadows Golf Course, Windsor. 303-366-4653. www.cogolf.org. • Sept. 12 – High School Boys, age 15-18, Tournament. Foothills Golf Course, Denver. 303-4636753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 15 – Middle School Boys and Girls, age 11-14, Li’l Linksters, ages 6-10, Tournament. CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora. 303-463-6753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 21 – Middle School Boys, age 11-14, Tournament. Foothills Golf Course, Denver. 303-4636753. www.GoldCrownFoundation.com. • Sept. 26 – Colorado Woman’s Golf Association Club Team Championship. Mariana Butte Golf Course, Loveland. 303-366-7888. www.cogolf.org. FRONT RANGE GOLF


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