Three Moffat County High School students arrived at the school's office Tuesday to find the Moffat County Sheriff's Office's top brass waiting for them.
Sheriff Buddy Grinstead pressed the students at first, saying, "This will go a lot smoother if you just tell us what you did."
After a moment of initial shock, the students caught on, and the officers confessed to the joke and explained the real reason for the visit.
Doyle Moon, Ashlee Hafey and Raechellee Noland are the 2004 recipients of the annual the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarships.
Each year the Sheriff's Office gives three local students $1,000 scholarships for their higher education.
The scholarship fund is replenished each year by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.
Every other year, the County Sheriffs of Colorado Inc., gives the local sheriff $500 toward the scholarship fund.
Hafey received the County Sheriffs Inc.'s scholarship and $500 from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.
Now that this year's award recipients have been named, the sheriff's office staff is looking to boost participation in its annual golf tournament, which is the only source of funding for the scholarships.
The tournament will be held Saturday, June 5. It's the 17th annual golf tournament.
Four-person teams compete for prizes for first, second and third place. There is also an award for last place, a category that has been dominated the last few years by a team from the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office will award prizes for the longest drive, the ball closest to the pin and the winner of the chipping contest.
The awards have a male and female category.
Players can also try for a chance at $2,500 in the hole-in-one contest that will run on every par three. Mulligans will be sold for $5 each.
"We have a lot of fun putting it on," Grinstead said. "It's a good time and a worthwhile cause."
The tournament is an 18-hole competition that begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The entry fee is $40 per person.
Even though it's been around for nearly two decades, there are some changes to the tournament this year, according to Sgt. Rick Holford, who organizes it.
The traditional "Texas scramble" format has been scrapped in favor of a straight scramble. It affords players the chance to play every stroke, Holford said, because the player who hit the "best ball" doesn't have to sit out a turn, as in the case of the Texas scramble. Also, the sheriff's office no longer will conduct the archery tournament as part of it's fundraising event. The targets have seen better days, and declining participation convinced the sheriff's office to focus solely on the golf tournament.
"At one point, the golf course would let us put 40 teams on the course, and we would fill it," Holford said. "We hope to get that kind of turnout this year."
Teams can sign up for the event by turning in an application to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office or the Yampa Valley Golf Course.
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