Bear River Young Life participants pose during ‘80s night at Castaway Club, a camp in Detroit Lakes, Minn., this summer. On Friday, Young Life hosts its fourth annual golf tournament, which is a fundraiser for youths to attend camps throughout the year.

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Bear River Young Life participants pose during ‘80s night at Castaway Club, a camp in Detroit Lakes, Minn., this summer. On Friday, Young Life hosts its fourth annual golf tournament, which is a fundraiser for youths to attend camps throughout the year.

Young Life golf tournament Friday benefits youths going to camp

If you go…

What: Fourth annual Bear River Young Life Golf Tournament

When: 1 p.m. Friday

Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394

Cost: $200 for a four-person scramble, includes cart fees

— For more information, call David Pressgrove at 629-9600.

Bear River Young Life has sent 53 youths to four different camps this summer, with one more left to go.

From Minnesota to Texas to various spots around Colorado, the Christian ministry group has found a way to allow its members to experience what area director David Pressgrove describes as “the best week of their lives.”

A contributing factor to help Young Life and its members this year will be the fourth annual Bear River Young Life Golf Tournament, which takes place at 1 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394.

“We charged $650 per kid for the high school camp this year, but it cost Young Life $900 per kid,” Pressgrove said. “The golf tournament helps make up the difference because if we told kids in December they had to pay $900, no one would go.”

The tournament will be a four-person scramble format. Registration is $200 for the team, which includes cart fees.

Prizes will be awarded during a dinner when the tournament concludes.

Teams can register up until noon Friday, and all participants are asked to arrive at noon.

Pressgrove said the format may be similar to several tournaments at the golf course, but Young Life adds a few kinks.

“We wanted to incorporate fun things, so we have Grand Futures (Prevention Coalition) bringing goggles that make players feel like they are drunk and they have to tee off from a hole with them on,” he said. “So, we are also teaching players about drunk driving, as well.”

Some holes, Pressgrove said, will have Young Life games, such as the first player to make a putt gets to pie a teammate in the face.

The tournament will carry over a component from last year in allowing teams to golf a marathon tournament, or 54 holes.

Last year, one team brought in $3,800 for Young Life, and this year three teams will be sponsored for the marathon.

“The one team last year raised as much as the tournament itself did,” Pressgrove said. “The players go out to the community, friends and family, and share Young Life with people we may not make contact with, and it is just an exciting way to expand our tournament.”

Only the first 25 teams to register are guaranteed a spot.

Between 10 and 20 Young Life members will be on hand to help run the event.

Pressgrove said there are easily 150 youths from Craig and Hayden who participate in Young Life on a regular basis, with between 300 to 400 youths taking part at one point or another throughout the year.

The motto, he said, about the members’ experience at camp is more than a saying, but rather a guarantee.

“We promise that it will be the best week of their lives or their money back,” he said. “I have never given a refund, and I think that speaks for itself. Camps can be a life-changing experience.”

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