Craig Sports Briefs for March 21, 2015: Yampa Valley Golf Course open for season | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig Sports Briefs for March 21, 2015: Yampa Valley Golf Course open for season

The mild spring weather has allowed Yampa Valley Golf Course to open early, its first day of business was Friday. Serious golfers have already overtaken the course to get a jump on tee times.

"It's been packed," said course professional Bob Mueller, of the opening weekend.

For the time being, the hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but as the temperature heats up, the establishment will start offering earlier times in the mornings.

Lessons will be available starting in April, as well as the April 9 opening dinner for the Yampa Valley Men's Club.

Clinics and weekly Friday events will follow in May, with the Dirt Hog Scramble kicking off the tournament schedule May 9.

Fees for residents 18 and older run $19 for nine holes and $28 for 18. Senior residents cost $16 for nine holes, $22 for 18, weekdays only. Non-resident rates are $26 and $35.

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Kids 12 and younger are $6 for nine holes, $10 for 18, while ages 13 to 17 are $10 for nine, $15 for 18. Youth rates apply weekdays only or weekends after 2 p.m.

The YVGC pro shop will be offering large discounts on merchandise as they bring in new inventory.

For more information on tee times or special events, call 970-824-FORE (3673) or visit yampavalleygolf.com.

Craig Daily Press offers March Madness contest

If you've got a head for college basketball as it heads into the biggest tournament of the year, catch the fever online with the Craig Daily Press Battle of the Brackets.

Visit craigdailypress.com/basketball to sign up for the free event, which is part of the national UPICKEM program, offering prizes at the local and national levels, a $1 million prize at stake for those who correctly predict the winner of every game of the NCAA Men's Division I event.

Participants can pick before each game instead of setting their entire bracket from the start. VIP pickers include Shane Camilletti of Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, Ryan Duran of Eastside Liquor, Steve Maneotis of Victory Motors, Brett Etzler of Carelli's Pizzeria & Pasta and Andy Bockelman, Daily Press sports reporter.

Safari Club selling tickets for annual fundraiser

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will host its seventh annual fundraiser banquet Saturday at the Craig Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Highway 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., and live and silent auctions will follow.

Tickets are $45 for singles, $85 for couples or $500 for a table and are available in Craig at Rummel Chiropractic, Chapman's Automotive, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Pawn Shop and Mountain Man Taxidermist.

They are also available at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and in Meeker at Western States Realty.

For more information, call 970-819-2531.

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