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Craig Kiwanis, Boys & Girls Club hope for rising support in Yahoo Ball Drop, golf tourney

Mountain Air Spray lets loose hundreds of golf balls at Yampa Valley Golf Course during the 2017 Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop. The fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Kiwanis Club of Craig takes place Sept. 8.

With thousands of dollars in prizes at stake, Craig community members can collect big in an upcoming fundraiser but more importantly support youth activities in the area.

The Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop gets going Sept. 8 at Yampa Valley Golf Course as a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club.

The morning begins with a special delivery at YVGC at 8:30 a.m., as Mountain Air Spray swoops over the the course’s 18th fairway, unloading hundreds of multicolored golf balls ascribed to contributors, the closest of which to the marker will receive valuable prizes from sponsors. Following the ball drop is the golf tournament itself, featuring men's, women's and mixed flights in two-person teams for a full round on the links.

The Yahoo tourney first began in 2001 in memory of rancher and golfer Ralph Knez and later also memorialized the late Jim Severson. In 2004, the event also featured the ball drop portion, starting the morning with an airplane flying over the course and unloading thousands of golf balls registered to participants for a variety of prizes.

The event benefited many different groups before Boys & Girls Club was officially attached in 2010, the organization partnering with Kiwanis in 2014. The event has raised more than $200,000 since its inception.

Kiwanis uses funding from its activities to provide scholarships to local students, while Boys & Girls Club puts the money toward its work with younger children and after-school activities.

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Dana Duran, executive director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, said the amount brought in each year ranges from $15,000 to $20,000, which they hope to meet this year, if not exceed.

“Last year was so great in the turnout. In fact, every year is a great one,” Duran said. “It’s always such a wonderful day to play golf while supporting Boys & Girls Club and Kiwanis.”

Tickets for the ball drop are $10 for one white ball, $50 for five white and one red, or $100 for one dozen white and three red.

White ball prizes range from Denver Broncos tickets to golf packages to gift certificates for local businesses for as much as $200. Red ball prizes include, $1,000 cash, gift certificates for as much as $500 and more.

Balls that are farthest from the marker will also win prizes such as $100 in Spree Bucks and a lamb meat package.

Entry is $130 per team or $65 per player. Registration includes 18 holes, cart rental, range usage, breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Signups are limited to 60 teams.

Ball drop tickets are available at Boys & Girls Club of Craig, and tournament forms can be found at YVGC. For more information, call 970-826-0411 or 970-824-FORE (3673).