Religion to some, a game to others

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With a 12 p.m. shotgun start on Sunday, the St. Michael's Scramble is the perfect way to combine God and golf all in the same day.

"We have the late start so everyone can take care of their church responsibilities and not miss out on the tournament," tournament organizer Lou Hahn said. "We also run a shotgun-start format to keep the participants moving through as they get to the course."

This is the 16th year of the St. Michael's Scramble, which is designed as a fund-raiser for college scholarships.

Last year, a $1,000 scholarship was split between two students.

The catholic church hopes to reach its goal of $1,000, but the long-running tournament has suffering setbacks each subsequent year.

The setback that could spell the demise of the tournament is the amount of entries it has received This year it's down to only 16.

"There are just so many tournaments in the summertime anymore that it's hard to compete, and keep interest in ours," Hahn said. "Hopefully we can drum up some more interest, because the tournament is starting to go to the wayside."

One advantage the St. Michael's Scramble has over many other tournaments is its cost. Most other fund-raising tournaments cost at least $20 plus the regular cost for green fees. The St. Michael's Scramble, on the other hand, costs $15 plus the green fee.

Along with the affordability, the tournament also provides the chance to win prizes, though this year's format is a little different than it has been in the past.

"We're going to have more actual competitions on the course like closest to the pin, who can make the green in one shot, those sort of things," Hahn said. "It should keep the tournament a little fresher and interesting the whole way through."

Since the tournament has drawn such low numbers this year, sign up will run until the morning of the tournament, though organizers would prefer people to enter early.

The Yampa Valley Golf Course Pro Shop is accepting pre-registration, as well as signing up the day of the tournament.

"We just need a boost for the tournament," Hahn said. "It's a great way to spend a day, and since the competition level is low, the whole family can participate.

"It also raises money for a worthy cause, and with the increased price of college every little bit of money helps."

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