Dave Higgins hits his tee shot at the 10th hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course Friday afternoon. Higgins, along with teammates Dallas Dearden, Jason Atkins and Chad Bowdre were playing in the 14th The Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament. A full field of 25 teams participated in the four-person scramble tournament.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Dave Higgins hits his tee shot at the 10th hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course Friday afternoon. Higgins, along with teammates Dallas Dearden, Jason Atkins and Chad Bowdre were playing in the 14th The Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament. A full field of 25 teams participated in the four-person scramble tournament.

TMH tourney a success at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig

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The Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its 14th annual scramble tournament Friday, another major success for the event that remains one of Yampa Valley Golf Course’s most popular tournaments of the summer.

Twenty five, four-player teams came to YVGC for the scramble, where some golfers showed it doesn’t take too long into the season to shake off the rust from winter and post low scores.

TMH Foundation tournament top scores

Shane Camilletti, Todd Trapp, Joe Padon, Kelby Virden 56

Terry Caras, Jerry Caras, Garett Copp, Ed Anderson 59

Ken Harjes, Rick Holford, Jim Loughran, Joe Russo 62

The team of Shane Camilletti, Todd Trapp, Joe Padon and Kelby Virden won the tournament, shooting 56 as a team. It was Virden’s birthday Friday, so picking up the first prize was an extra gift.

“That’s the best score I’ve ever made out here,” he said. “Everybody played well. Our drives, second shots, putts, it was all good.”

Camilletti said all four team members drove well the entire round, which made the rest of their shots easy.

“You don’t always hit it that way, but that was the difference,” he said.

They beat the foursome of Terry and Jerry Caras, Ed Anderson and Garett Copp, who shot 59 for second place. Rick Holford, Ken Harjes, Jim Loughran and Joe Russo shot 62 and claimed the top net score, a 53.7.

Classic Lifeguard Aeromedical Service, a new flight for life service in Northwest Colorado, was a golden sponsor at the tournament and landed its helicopter at YVGC during play Friday, adding more wind to the course than golfers had to deal with the rest of the way. Headquartered in Steamboat Springs, Classic Lifeguard works with TMH and serves Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in emergencies as well.

Between tournament and auction proceeds, TMH Foundation raised over $10,000 according to Foundation Director Eva Peroulis.

“It was another really good year,” Peroulis said. “This tournament has been a success every year, really. We’ve had 25 teams or more and there’s a group of players that have golfed for the last ten years at least. The community really supports this event.”

The proceeds from the tournament will go toward the hospital’s emergency department and boosting its electronic medical records, Peroulis said.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports .

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