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RBC I “We bought it and then never saw it again, Rangely golfer Linda Gordon said of the Rio Blanco County Cup, a match-play format tournament played between the two golf courses in the county, with the winner displaying “The Cup” and having bragging rights for the next year.
The first Rio Blanco County Cup tournament was played at Cedar Ridges Golf Course in Rangely, with Meeker the following year, alternating courses the past five years.
The two-day event matches pairs from each course playing the first nine holes in a best-ball format and then switching to a scramble format for the second nine, before team captains determine the individual 18-hole matches to be played the second day.
Rangely won the cup the first year, but it has been displayed in the club house at Meeker Golf Course for the past three years and Rangely set the tone to return “The Cup” the first day.
Six men’s and three women’s pairs were matched up Saturday, and Rangely teams won six of the nine matches and tied (worth .5 point) one to lead 6.5 to 2.5 after the first nine holes. After switching to a scramble format at the turn, Rangely won all nine matches and led 15.5-2.5 after the first day of play, with 20 individual matches to be played Sunday.
“We just dominated them,” Robby Elam, team captain for the Rangely golfers said. “The only thing better would be if J.C. (Watt, defending Meeker Men’s Club champion) was here to take some of this pain.”
The individuals were evenly matched Sunday in the men’s play, where each team won seven and tied one but Rangely won all five of the women’s matches and swept the Meeker women both days.
“The Meeker women don’t win in Rangely,” Meeker golfer Lex Collins said.
“We tried to show no mercy,” LaVella Justus said. “We haven’t had the cup for a long time.”
In Sunday’s match play, Rangely’s Ellen Boudreaux defeated her sister ,Patty Edwards, Teresa Broderick defeated Meeker’s Susie Sprod and Linda Gordon beat Jill Massey. Rangely’s Leilanie Morgan showed no mercy against Melissa Lawson and Cori Elam defeated Meeker’s Danielle Feola.
In the men’s match play Sunday, Meeker’s Jeff Asslin, Lex Collins and Pat Walsh, beat Rangely’s top three golfers, Clark Edwards, Robby Elam and Chris Hejl respectively, and Rangely’s Terry Richardson beat Larin Crase.
Meeker’s Deloy Cook, Kyle Frary and Bryce Ducey beat Eric Hejl, Jason Cox and Ryan Elam, respectively, and Rick Brady tied with Mike Walker and he also played and beat Meeker’s Ted Stewart.
Rangely teammates Bryan Mackay and Robbie Morgan beat Greg Ackerman and Corky Patterson while Meeker’s Brady Jensen beat James Maybury. Rangely father and son Jon and Caleb Templeton beat Scott Cressy and Jimmy Lawson, and Jerry Blankenship, who barbecued for everyone Saturday, beat Meeker’s Joe Powell.
“We want to thank the Rangely men and women for their hospitality and special thanks to Jeff Blackenship for doing the barbecue,” Meeker team captain Bryce Ducey said.