Don Roth: Tournament a success

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To the editor:

On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7, Craig was host to a two-day event. The Colorado High School Activities Association 4A boys golf state championship finals. I believe it was prompted and arranged by several people, but primarily by the high school golf coach, Ken Harjes. Unfortunately, Moffat County High School did not have any state qualifiers, and they were not able to play.

Regardless, several of the team boys were an intricate part of behind-the-scenes activities. They did this willingly and proficiently.

Another part that I was impressed with was the part that several local businesses and groups played in this happening. Two that were very noticeable were the electronic sign that was there, bright and shining, with credits for the promoters, helpers and sponsors, and the flashing announcement of each person by name, school and tee time. This was a great addition to the event, and it was furnished by former high school Athletic Director Jim Loughran and the company he represents.

The Monday evening special was the prime rib dinner catered by Pat Roberts and his able staff. This was a special treat for all the players, coaches, Colorado Golf Association personnel, CHSAA people and volunteers. The big kicker to this particular function was the monetary support of the Moffat County Tourism Association group. What a great gesture.

There was a good reason for the MCTA to participate. There were 84 golfers. Naturally each, or fellow teammates, of these had a coach. We must make a special note that most of the players had an entourage of siblings, parents, grandparents and schoolmates. So the original 84 players converts into a potential number times five. This 420 is not anywhere close to a weekend influx at Steamboat, but, for Craig, it is a sizeable number. They all required some type of lodging and source of food. Many of the players and staff came to town several days early to get acclimated to the surroundings, etc.

Special thanks must be given to the Yampa Valley Golf Association, its able staff in the Pro shop and the grounds personnel for being right on top of the entire event.

Don Roth

Men's Club member and course advocate

Craig

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