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Rally for the Cure in Craig raises $2,016 for breast cancer awareness

Ben Bulkeley

Mary Anne Harrison, of Vernal, Utah, tries to sink a putt Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The putt rang true and glided into the cup on the ninth hole.

When Caitlin Harjes lined up her first shot Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, there was a lot going through her mind.

The 14-year-old girl was not only thinking about her shot, but of friends and family.

Golfing during the 11th annual Rally for the Cure event, a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Moffat County Cancer Society, Harjes said she was thinking about loved ones who had dealt with cancer.

"You definitely think about it," she said. "You realize it when you come out here."

Despite two breaks for thunder and lightning, Harjes said her golf game was solid.

"I thought it was pretty good," she said. "My pitching wedge — when I had to chip —

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was the best."

Craig residents Susan Utzinger and Sue Thompson coordinated the event.

There were 49 golfers on the course Wednesday, all helping to raise money for the foundation and cancer society.

Of the $2,016 raised, $1,000 will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and $1,016 will be donated to the Moffat County Cancer Society.

Last year, the event raised more than $2,000, which Utzinger said was used in a variety of ways.

"Locally, for the Moffat County Cancer Society, that money goes to cancer patients, and the families of cancer patients," she said. "For instance, if someone is receiving treatment in Grand Junction, it helps pay for gas, meals and lodging."

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is a world-wide foundation for breast cancer awareness and research.

"This is just one of the thousands of golf tournaments that the foundation does," she said. "We just do our little part."

During the tournament, most of the golfers are from the area, but there were several out-of-town golfers as well, Utzinger said.

"This is basically sponsored by the ladies golf association at Yampa Valley Golf Course," she said. "We have lost several members to cancer, and like everyone else, all of our members have been touched by cancer.

"Several of the ladies golfing are cancer survivors themselves."

Due to that closeness, the event has remained popular, Utzinger said.

"They have really embraced this tournament," she said. "It seems like they always make room on their calendar for it."

The team of Patty Bruchez, Mary Nelson, Christy Rolando and Charmaine Ciani shot a 70 to place first in the four-person scramble.

Overall, Utzinger said the day was a success.

"The weather was a little questionable," she said. "But, it didn't dampen anyone's sprits. We had a great time."

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