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‘Bagger’ Chee wins third local golf title

The Racing Mule Golf Tour concluded its year with H.J. “Bagger” Chee winning his third title in four years as he was the tour’s top money winner for the 2005 season.

Chee topped the winnings list with $4,224,000 in earnings for the year, becoming the first tour member to break the elusive $4000,000 mark.

The 41-man tour is made up of local businessmen and golf enthusiasts who love to hit the links. This year’s winner’s list includes locals such as Bruce Robinson, regional president for Alpine bank; Dave Armbruster, president Bank of Colorado; local attorney Chris Coyle; Dave Scruby, of Alpine bank and of course, Chee, owner of the Pit Stop in Glenwood Springs.

The Racing Mule tour plays local courses such as Iron Bridge, River Valley Ranch, Aspen Glen, Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club, Battlement Mesa and Snowmass.

The courses played are are very real, as for the actual money won, it’s not quite the same. The money is pure fantasy league.

Despite the lack of actual earnings, the Racing Mule tour has become quite the rage for local golfers. Besides the golf there is also a skills challenge competiton where bragging rights go to the golfer hitting the highest percentage of fairways, fewest putts and so on.

This year’s skills champions included Greg Keller for fewest putts per round, Scruby was the greens-in regulation champ, hitting 46 percent, and Chee hit the highest percentage of fairways per round at 70 percent. The tour will kickoff the 2006 season on Feb. 25 with the Alpine Bank Match Play Championship in Palm Springs, Calif. The tour will play six other Colorado golf courses during 2006.

“We have a lot of new talent that will push the tour’s competive level up a notch … it looks like it will be an exciting year,” said tour commisioner Dave Scruby.

Anyyone interested in joining the tour, or who would like more information about the tour, contact Dave Scruby at davescruby@alpinebank.com.

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