Local Rally for a Cure golf tournament approaching

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It's not often that one has a chance to win pink golf balls. The Rally for a Cure golf tournament supporting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Moffat County Cancer Society not only gives golfers a chance to win a pink golf ball, but also raise money for cancer research and awareness.

"We offer this with the overall goal for ladies of all abilities to have fun and raise money for a good cause," said Co-Chairwoman Susan Utzinger.

The fourth annual tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. The tournament will be a shotgun start in a four-person scramble format. There is a $35 entry fee that doesn't include green fees and a cart.

Balls with pink ribbon insignias for cancer awareness will be awarded to golfers who hit the green in the closest-to-the-pin contest. There also is a Nancy Lopez nine wood that will be awarded courtesy of Rally for a Cure.

Tournament organizers hope for 35 golfers to sign up and registration is open until Monday. Ladies are encouraged to wear pink to recognize breast cancer awareness.

"There will be several cancer survivors playing in the tournament," Utzinger said. "The Rally for a Cure's goal is to raise awareness of prevention methods for breast cancer."

Last year, the tournament raised $390 for the Rally for a Cure and $636.50 for the Moffat County Cancer Society.

According to the Rally for a Cure press release, breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35-54, and the disease also accounts for more than 75 percent of all cancer deaths in women 55 years of age and older.

Benefits for participants are a pink golf pin, a full-year subscription to Golf for Women Magazine and a meal after the tournament.

Internationally, Rally for a Cure has raised more than $7 million for the Komen Foundation with tournaments in all 50 states and approximately150,000 golfers.

If interested in signing up for the tournament, there is a list on the bulletin board at the YVGC or contact Utzinger at 824-9656.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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