Mel Ferree, left, and Imelda Hernandez display Tuesday a few of the 3,000 numbered golf balls to be dropped at the upcoming Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop. The golf balls are being stored at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, which is the recipient of money raised from the Yahoo event. Tickets for the ball drop, which takes place Sept. 18, are now available.

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Mel Ferree, left, and Imelda Hernandez display Tuesday a few of the 3,000 numbered golf balls to be dropped at the upcoming Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop. The golf balls are being stored at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, which is the recipient of money raised from the Yahoo event. Tickets for the ball drop, which takes place Sept. 18, are now available.

Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Craig

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Bryson Davis, 9, stretches to hit the puck while playing a game of air hockey against Gage Ferguson, 6, on Tuesday at the Boys & Girls of Craig. The club is the beneficiary of the 11th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop, scheduled for Sept. 18 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

If you go

What: 11th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop

When: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18

Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado 394

• Purchase tickets at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig or at the golf course. The cost is $10 for one white ball, $50 for five white balls and 1 red ball, and $100 for 12 white balls and two red balls.

Prizes

Red balls:

• Tankless water heater (installed)

• Side of beef (cut and packaged)

• Gateway computer

• iPad

• Round for four at Catamount

• $500 gift card at TLC Carpet One

• 25 tons of crushed limestone (delivered)

• Two yards of concrete

Farthest from hole:  

• Whole pig (cut and packaged)

• Oakley sunglasses

White balls:

• Raft trip for four

• Wii console

• Whole lamb (cut and packaged)

• $200 Rockies ticket package for two

• $750 ad package with Craig Daily Press

• $250 package from the Natural Center

• $125 toward any service with Great Divide Cleaning

• $100 gift card from Brothers Custom Processing

• Free consult and spinal scan from Dr. Carolyn Gochee

• Steamboat Golf Club round for two

Hail falling from the sky pales in comparison to golf balls.

On Sept. 18, about 3,000 golf balls will indeed plummet to the ground as part of the 11th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

The ball drop is a raffle, said Tom Knez, organizer of the yearly event. This year’s event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

“Each ball is numbered,” Knez said. “When you buy a raffle ticket, say number 2,270, there’s a corresponding ball with that number on it.”

The balls are loaded into the back of an airplane and dropped at the golf course, over the sixth hole, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Dana Duran said.

The balls that land closest to the hole indicate the winners.

This is the first year that the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be the beneficiary of the event.

Duran said she’s “thrilled” the club will receive funding from the tournament this year.

“(Knez) was thinking about not doing (Yahoo) this year because of the economy,” she said. “But, when I told him that (the club) needed some additional funds, he said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

The goal for this year’s fundraiser is $25,000. The money will help the club deal with budget shortfalls, Duran said.

“This year, the club needs help,” she said. “We need help to keep our doors open. And, we need help to keep good-quality programs for our kids.”

The club, a nonprofit organization, relies heavily on donations, Duran said.

“There is a membership fee (for our kids),” Duran said. “But it (comprises) about 5 percent of my total budget.

“The rest of it, I have to raise.”

Knez was pleased the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will benefit from the event.

“They do a good job here in Craig, and they could use the money,” he said. “They do a lot for kids.”

The club has operated in Craig since 2004.

Duran said her staff provides “additional academic opportunities” and physical activities for area youths.

“The most important thing is fun,” Duran said. “We try to mix fun into everything we do.”

Prizes for this year’s ball drop include a tankless water heater, a side of beef, a Gateway computer and an iPad, among numerous others.

Duran said there are also prizes for participants whose golf balls land farthest from the hole.

“You know the people who say, ‘Oh, I never win’? Well, you have a chance to win by not winning,” she said.

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