Sports a special part of Grand Olde West Days


Amid the festivities of Grand Olde West Days this weekend, a sports fan can still get their fill.

On Saturday, the Professional Bull Riding Discovery Tour will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds with some of the meanest bulls and toughest cowboys around.

On Monday, the Yampa Valley Golf Course hosts the annual Mosquito Open golf tournament.

Bull riding has been a tradition in Craig during the festival, but there is a change this year.

The rodeo was previously called the Mr. T Classic; this is the first year the PBR will be in town.

"We hoped to bring a higher caliber of everything," event organizer Jackie Roberts said. "We improved everything with the hope to get more fans."

Roberts may have listened to Wayne Wagner, a local cowboy who made last year's short-go at the Mr. T Classic.

After his ride, Wagner said he hoped that the annual competition would get "beefed up."

The Burns Rodeo Company is in charge of making sure there is more beef.

The Burns bulls have challenged riders in recent years. Only one bull has been ridden in the short-go in the last two years. Rides will be even tougher this year because the BRC is bringing the best bulls from five additional companies.

Last year, Louis Schardine won the competition by riding Burns' Code Rode for eight seconds.

Schardine is from Utah. Most of the cowboys this weekend will be from out of town. "Jake Booco from Hayden is riding," Roberts said. "Other than that there are cowboys from all over."

Forty riders are signed up for the rodeo and an additional 17 are waiting as alternates.

Tickets are $15 at the gate and $12 in advance. They can be purchased at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, City Market, Neo--lithics and Under the Aspen Tree.

The Mosquito Open is a Mem--orial Day tradition for local golfers. The tournament is divided into three, six-hole sections. Six holes will be played in a best-ball format, six in scramble and six in Chapman-style. In Chapman-style, a player hits his teammate's shot.

Club Professional Ann Marie Hamilton said that 27 pairs of golfers had signed up as of Friday and that registration would remain open until noon today.

She also said that the course was in great shape because of nice weather lately.

The tournament is an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

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