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Lindell Spas rises to top at Chamber tournament

COPPER MOUNTAIN – If you help the chamber, the chamber will help you.

That was the theory behind the Summit County Chamber of Commerce’s Summit County Classic golf tournament Thursday at the Copper Creek Golf Club.

Nineteen teams, sponsored by chamber businesses, participated in the four-person scramble. Each paid $375 to enter, and proceeds will go to the Summit County Community Information Centers in Frisco and Silverthorne.

“We refer to their businesses on a daily basis when locals and visitors come into our info centers,” explained Christy Glemming, the Chamber’s marketing and events director.

Glemming said the second-year tournament was especially important this year because the county cut its funds by more than half this year.

Scrambling to win

Teammates Duane Lindell, Troy Vigil, Andy Blumenthal and Dave Nichols played the scramble format to a tee, firing a 58 to take the win under the Lindell Spas banner.

“The most important thing in a scramble is that everyone contributes,” Blumenthal said. “It was a solid effort by all four people.”

The scramble format – in which the team plays the best ball from tee to cup – allows players to take risks, and that’s what Lindell Spas did.

On the par-4 ninth hole, Blumenthal reached the green – within two feet of the cup no less – in one shot. Lindell reached the par-4 fifth in one.

In all, the team putted for eagle five times, making two.

“Just to have five eagle putts is pretty amazing,” Blumenthal said.

Arcadia Peak was one stroke back in 59. Quality Inn and Premises tied for third with scores of 61.

Part of the competition Thursday was male and female longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

Casey Snyder’s tee shot on No. 4 won longest drive for the men; Kerry Lee won for women on No. 16. Doug Mainard shot closest to the pin on the par-3 15th; and Cindy Abramowitz was closest for women on the seventh. Merle Klocke won for longest putt.

Butterhorn happy with 79

Abramowitz said she normally shoots over 100, but she got a perfect swing off on the seventh, the shortest hole on the course, hitting her drive to within 10 feet.

“I used my 9-iron right off the tee,” she said. “It was only about 80 yards, and it wound up right there. It was a nice hit. We were all excited.”

Abramowitz’s Butterhorn Bakery team – Carol Jedd, Mike Jedd and Barry Abramowitz – got four Colorado Rockies tickets for coming in with a 79, the day’s highest score.

“We played real fair and accurate, and that was good for us,” Cindy Abramowitz said. “We don’t shoot that well, but we had fun.”

For Lindell, whose winning team scored a round of golf at Copper Creek, much of the fun was in the mingling.

“It’s good to come out with people who are your peers in business,” he said.

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