Bear River Young Life tournament hits new heights |

Bear River Young Life tournament hits new heights

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Bear River Young Life golf tournament participants dress up for fun. Pictured, from left are Conner Etzler, 15, Torin Reed, 15, Tanner Etzler, 14 and Rusty Wolfrun.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

The 9th Annual Bear River Young Life golf tournament had its most successful year yet.

Last year, the tournament raised roughly $8,000 and this year it raised between $10,000 and $11,000, said Bear River Young Life Director David Pressgrove.

The tournament is held at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig each year.

The goal is to raise money to send high school and middle school students to camp. On Wednesday, Wyldlife members — middle school students from Baggs, Wyoming and Craig — will go to summer camp for a week, thanks to those who participated in the tournament.

Tournament participants engage in fun activities on the golf course, including dressing up in costume.

“We do some different stuff for the golfers to have fun,” Pressgrove said. “We think humor is an important part of life, so we add humor to the tournament.”

For instance, Pressgrove participated in a “Pie in the Face” contest.

Some of the holes throughout the course offered a variety of opportunities for golfers to win money.

Young Life Leader Ashley Kawcak gave golfers an opportunity to win $42,000 — courtesy of 360 Insurance Company — if they shot a hole in one.

“All the funds raised will help the kids go to camp,” Kawcak said.

This year, 18 middle school students will attend the Crooked Creek Camp in Fraser, said Young Life Leader Jim Dodd.

“It’s important to raise money for the kids,” he said.

This year, 105 people participated in Saturday’s tournament, Pressgrove said.

Bear River Young Life kids and Wyldlife children also helped out on Saturday.

“I’m really excited to go to camp, because I get to ride horses. I also get to spend a whole week with friends,” said Cylee Matherson, 13, of Baggs, Wyoming.

Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or or follow her on Twitter @noelleleavitt.Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or or follow her on Twitter @noelleleavitt.

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