If you go
What: Pinehurst Scramble golf tournament
When: 9:30 a.m. shotgun start, Oct. 10
Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394
Cost: $50 for an individual, $200 for a team of four
For more information, call the golf course at 824-3673
With a prestigious golf tournament looming, Justin Gallegos and Nick Bomba have taken to the course.
Gallegos has been able to see where 41 teams from across the U.S. will tee off on a virtual tour of Pinehurst Resort, while Bomba has practiced his swing on the fabled greens in North Carolina - on his Xbox.
The two, along with teammates Brett Etzler and Richard Padon, will get a chance to try the course in real life from Oct. 26 to 28 during the McGladrey golf championships, which is a best-ball amateur championship.
Since word came down that the four would travel to Pinehurst, N.C., the members of the team have been honing their putting, chipping and other golf skills.
"I've tried to practice as much as possible," Gallegos said. "I have the highest handicap, so if I can play lower, we'll only get further."
The four qualified for the event during an Aug. 16 tournament at Riverdale Dunes in Brighton.
To help raise the necessary funds for the championships, Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the final scramble of the year, the Pinehurst Scramble, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the golf course.
There will be prizes awarded for a longest drive contest, closest to the pin, a 50-50 raffle and skins game.
The $50 fee includes green and cart fees and a barbecue.
Gallegos and Bomba said they still are looking for sponsors to help with the Pinehurst Scramble.
The four need $5,000 for airfare, room and board and uniforms.
The proceeds from the McGladrey championships benefit the Special Olympics.
"We're going to have fun," Gallegos said. "And it's all going to a good cause."
If there is any money left from the tournament, it will be donated to Moffat County High School's boys and girls golf programs, Gallegos said.
With one team from Pinehurst playing in the championships, Gallegos admitted that the Craig team will be starting behind some of the other golfers.
"In a way, we're the underdogs," he said. "It's fun, but we're going to take it seriously because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The McGladrey championship will be televised nationally on The Golf Channel.
The 41 teams come from across the U.S. to play in the Professional Golfers Association of America event.
"We're the only team from Craig, and we're the only team from Colorado or Wyoming," Bomba said. "It's pretty neat to be representing Colorado, Wyoming and Yampa Valley Golf Course."
And Bomba, the city championship winner for four years running, said he can't wait to prove his mettle against other teams.
"Here, we can only golf for six months out of the year, and that's if we're lucky," he said. "We're playing against teams from Florida and Texas who can play year-round, and we're ready to compete."