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Sports for April 23, 2009

Grandote Peaks announces summer tournaments

LA VETA- The golfing season is officially upon us as the unseasonably warm temperatures can attest.  With the warm weather comes the slate of tournaments to be held this year at Grandote Peaks.  As in years past, the course will host their weekly Thursday night scrambles with a 5:15 shotgun start.

    Grandote will also play host to several major tournaments this summer, including the ESPN National Amateur Golf Challenge to be held June 27.  The ESPN Tournament will crown the best two-person teams in the country during the national finals in Las Vegas in October.  Last year, the team of Tom Schultz and Andrew Tapia of La Veta went on to win the Colorado finals and compete in Vegas.  They finished fourth in the national tournament.  For the second year in a row, La Veta will be one of thirteen qualifying courses this year.

    New this year is the Four Ball Senior Open in which a two-person team will play best ball.  The first day of competition is on June 8 at Grandote with the final day of play at Cougar Canyon in Trinidad.  Cougar Canyon is a Jack Nicklaus course and is considered one of the best new courses in the country, receiving many awards.  Dave Middleton, Marketing Director at Grandote, says, “This will be an opportunity players should not pass up.”

    The Grandote Open will be July 11-12. There is room for twenty-two,  two- person teams, so it is important to get registered early.  The first day is a scramble and the second is a best ball format.  This format has been popular in design, attesting that the tournament is wide open to anyone.

    The Huerfano Open is August 22-23, with play on both the Grandote and Walsenburg courses.  Once again, Grandote will host the La Veta Library Open in their annual fundraiser on September 12.  The final major tournament of the season will be the NAIA Division 1A Tournament for the best college teams in the area.

    Also slated throughout the summer are a number of corporate and private tournaments.  According to Middleton, “Just about every weekend is full.”  That is good for business and the local economies.  The Journal will again offer coverage throughout the summer of The Greatest Game Ever Played.  For additional schedules visit

Eighth annual Redskin Open set Event to benefit La Veta athletics

GRANDOTE PEAKS COUNTRY CLUB- It is that time of year again when spring is in the air and the golfers come out swinging.  So it is with the eighth annual La Veta Redskin Open Golf Tournament.  This annual event is one of the premier events scheduled at Grandote Peaks this season.  The Tournament is slated for Sunday, May 4 with a 9 am shotgun start.

    The format will be the same as in the previous years with a four-person scramble.  Players can enter as a team, or if you just want to play, teams will be assigned.  The entry fee of  $75 per person includes lunch and will benefit the athletic department of La Veta High School.  Mulligans will also be sold for those less confident of their driving abilities. Prizes will be awarded based on gross score and some net finals.

    Last year’s event was an exciting tournament, and this year should prove to be better.  Everyone who participated indicated it was one of the better tournaments of the season, so get registered early.  To request a registration form, call Don Price at the High School at 742-3662 or Dave Middleton at the course, 742-3391.  Forms may be downloaded through a link on the sports page on the Huerfano Journal website,  Registration forms must be completed by May 1.

Walsenburg Golf Club’s summer slate

WALSENBURG- The Walsenburg Golf Association has announced their summer schedule, and judging by the listed tournaments, this summer should offer many exciting opportunities for  area duffers to swing into action.

    The weekly Sundowners’ Scramble is scheduled every Wed. from 5-7 pm.  A $5 entry fee gets you prizes and food.  The fee does not include greens fees.  The Puttering Angels Women’s Group will also host their Mon. evening events from 5-7 pm.  Formats vary weekly.  There is no entry fee.  “Sometimes we don’t even keep the score,” is their mantra.

    The season begins May 17-18 with the Orlando Cup Spring Tournament. The tournament honors retired long-time club manager Orlando DeHerrera.  The Walsenburg Invitational is a three-person scramble to be held June 21-22.  The Coal Miners-Senior Open is July 19.  Play is open to anyone over the age of 50 with a USGA Handicap.  The Clovis Tournament on July 25 has always been a private tournament, bringing in over 60 golfers from Denver. The tournament is by invitation only.

    The Huerfano Open is August 23-24 with play on both the Walsenburg and Grandote courses.  It is a two-person scramble and a USGA Handicap is required to enter.  The Walsenburg Club Championship is scheduled for the weekend of September 6-7.  It is a members only tournament requiring a USGA Handicap.  The Ladies Open is September 13 and the PGA Seniors open is September 15.  There will also be a number of private tournaments this season to round out the action.  John Mall High School will also host their annual invitational tournament September 5.

    The Journal will offer complete coverage of the golfing season with additional details, changes and information as they become available.  For more information on the Walsenburg tournaments visit the sports page on the Huerfano Journal website,

Baseball Fever

    With the warm weather, area teams finally got in some field time.  Last Saturday, the Panthers traveled to Westcliffe for a double header with the Cougars.  They lost both games 13-0 and 22-4.  In the final game, John Burch hit the ball well going 3 for 3, all singles.

    Tuesday they traveled to Del Norte losing 11-10, in one of their better games of the season.  They will play at home today.

    The Redskins continue their winning ways after thrashing Antonito 14-4 in five innings, when the game was awarded to La Veta because of the 10 run rule