Golfers get shot at helping young football players

Golfing and the gridiron don't usually mix, but they will next month in Craig.

The First Rare Breed Scramble will hit the Yampa Valley Golf Course June 15, all in the name of football.

The scramble is the brainchild of Moffat County football coach Gary Tague and former Denver Bronco, Rick Upchurch. It is a fund-raising event to create scholarships for the Rare Breed Football Camp, which will be held in Craig July 30-Aug. 4.

"I wanted a way to help kids get to the camp," Tague said. "I spoke to Rick Upchurch about raising money, and he suggested a golf tournament. It's how many communities raise money for the camp."

This is the fourth year of the Rare Breed Football Camp. It is a technique camp similar to those run at universities across the nation, except that the Rare Breed Camp is run entirely by former Broncos.

"We've tried to get some of the current Broncos to come to our camp, but because we run it so late in the summer, they're all tied-up with their own training, though last year, Anthony Lynn came here," Tague said.

Current Broncos may be few-and-far-between at the Craig camp, but former Broncos are not so hard to find. The camp is usually run by Gregg Boyd, Wade Manning, Kenny Woodard, Dave Kreige and Upchurch.

The Rare Breed Scramble not only gives local linksters a chance to help aspiring football players, but also a chance to win some exceptional prizes.

A 2001 Pontiac Firebird, a set of Ping ISI Irons, a Bally's Las Vegas Trip and a Royal Caribbean Cruise are the prizes available on four of the holes.

All a golfer must do to claim their prize is score a hole-in-one on holes 4, 7, 11, or 16.

The prizes are provided by Victory Motors of Craig.

"I tell you what, it would probably make my year to see someone win one of those prizes," Tague said.

The scramble costs $35 plus green fees, and will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Tague has tried to get some Denver Broncos players to attend the scramble, but because they are in mini-camp, that may be unlikely.

Golfers can sign up as teams or individuals, with the individual participants being placed on a team.

If all goes well with the scramble, Tague hopes to give every football player who pre-registers a scholarship to the camp.

"I just think it's too good of a camp for the kids to miss," he said.

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