Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz practices his swing Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Jantz and the rest of the Sheriff's Office are sponsoring the Sheriff's Scramble golf tournament Saturday. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz practices his swing Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Jantz and the rest of the Sheriff's Office are sponsoring the Sheriff's Scramble golf tournament Saturday. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday's Sheriff's Scramble will benefit college-bound students

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If you go

What: Sheriff's Scramble golf tournament

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394

Cost: $40 per person, $160 per team

• For more information, call Rick Holford at 826-2308

The annual Sheriff's Scramble golf tournament is all for the kids.

Sort of.

The tournament is the main fundraiser for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund, which gives three Moffat County High School graduates $1,000 for college.

But, the main goal of the day is fun, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

"It's a great event - we have awesome community turnout," Jantz said. "Everyone who comes out has a great time, and we're booked most years."

The tournament starts at 7:30 Saturday morning at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394.

Teams can sign up at the tournament, or pick up an application form at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

Sergeant Rick Holford organizes the event.

"We've had the tournament since 1988," Holford said. "We started out with horseshoes, but then the golf tournament took over.

"I think most people would rather play golf than horseshoes, anyways."

The tournament is a four-person scramble, and it kicks off with a shotgun start.

The Sheriff's Office has been giving out scholarships for more than 20 years. In that time, more than $60,000 has been given out to college-bound students.

"We just try to cover for the scholarships," Holford said. "We give out the three $1,000 scholarships every year, and last year, we didn't quite cover."

An independent committee chooses the scholarship recipients, Holford said. This year, Jennifer Harris, Stayton Mosbey and Jason Steed were selected.

The winners are selected based on financial need and grades.

"We don't want to give out the money if they don't stand a chance in college," Holford said. "We just try to help high school grads get a start in school."

In addition to awards for the first-, second- and third-place teams, there will be awards for closest to the pin and straightest drive.

The first-place team will get its entry fee back in Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks, which can only be spent in Craig.

The second-place team will get $35, the third-place team will receive $30, and the straightest drive and closest to the pin winners will receive $15.

Holford said mulligans would be up for sale, adding that paid do-overs are a great moneymaker.

And Holford, who has sunk a hole-in-one at Yampa Valley Golf Course, will be hitting the links, as well.

"I play in it, because once it's started there's no point in just standing around," he said. "I don't put together a team that could win it, though, because it might look bad if someone who puts on the tournament wins the whole thing."

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com

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