The seventh annual Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament will overtake Yampa Valley Golf Course this weekend with its style of unorthodox fun for the sake of a worthy cause.
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Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament
8 a.m., Saturday
Yampa Valley Golf Course
— The event, a four-person scramble, is $60 per person, $240 per team, with all profits benefiting Young Life. Greens fees, cart fees and a catered lunch by Tin Cup Grill are included in the entry fee, and many activities will be available on the course. For more information, call 970-629-9600 or visit http://bearriver.younglife.org.
The youth ministry organization will offer plenty of surprises for those hitting the links Saturday. The four-person scramble will have some unusual twists, Director David Pressgrove said.
“There’s a lot of competitions around the tournament, like on one hole, if you make your first putt, you can pie one of your teammates,” he said.
And yes, that means throwing a pie in their face.
Another example is a hole overseen by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, where people drive from the tee boxes while under the disorienting effects of drunk goggles, intended to teach the lesson, “Don’t drive drunk.” Golfers can opt out of the inebriation simulation by paying for a “designated driver” to take their shot for a small fee.
Another feature is a hole sponsored by Cook Chevrolet, which offers an auto to the recipient of the elusive achievement of a hole-in-one.
“We would love to be able to give away a free car, we’ve never had anyone get a hole-in-one,” Pressgrove said.
This year includes a catered lunch by Tin Cup Grill for all the participants, one of many examples of how people in the community want to support Young Life, Pressgrove said.
The funds raised from the tourney will go toward Young Life’s work with local kids, with a total of anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 being collected in previous years.
A great amount of that comes from “marathon golfers,” who go the extra mile by collecting pledges either for the day or for each hole they play. This year will feature only one foursome doing this, but the team, consisting of Dave Peterson, Izzy Gomez, Bob Markham and Dave O’Mailia, will go through three rounds, 54 holes, before the day is finished.
Peterson said he and his friends look forward to contributing to the event, with the efforts of Young Life something he wishes had been available to him as a youth.
“I took the wrong road when I was a kid, and I had to learn the hard way what the good things in life are, and having God in your life is probably the most important thing,” he said. “It’s a great program they have, and it’s all about the kids.”
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