Craig’s Yahoo golf fundraiser soars again
Craig residents dropped the ball Saturday morning.
Actually, many balls were dropped, and each one represented funds going to worthy causes.
The Yahoo Ball Drop and Golf Tournament began the weekend with a flourish as hundreds of golf balls let loose via airplane from Mountain Air Spray on the 18th fairway at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Mixed in with a few fillers of blue, pink, yellow and other colors were the white and red entries from people across Moffat County in the hopes of coming closest to the checkered flag and picking up valuable donated prizes like Denver Broncos tickets, golf packages or cold hard cash.
The grand prize of $1,000, a combination of cash and Spree Bucks, went to Justin Jenison.
The fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club nearly sold out of tickets, though Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Dana Duran said the sky’s the limit on sales up until takeoff.
“There’s always another ball that I can toss in the plane,” she said. “We had great support from the community this year, really good sponsors, really positive. Good turnout, golf course does a great job and what a beautiful day.”
The following tournament saw 84 players — 42 teams of two — hit the links of YVGC after an introduction by Chuck Cobb on behalf of Kiwanis Club.
Cobb, also a former course professional, noted that the event was originally started in 2001 in memoriam for late area residents Ralph Knez and Jim Severson. Before teeing off he asked the crowd to take a moment to reflect on their lives as well as others who gave a lot to the community.
“We have a lot of fallen golfers this year, and on golf courses we develop a lot of friendships, a lot of relationships, that’s what golf is probably known for,” he said.
Cobb, partnered with Ron Danner, went on to win the mixed first flight with a gross score of 71, while a net total of 65 went to Trey Jourgensen and Thomas Nobel. Winning the second flight were Tom and Tim Knez with an 82 gross and Tony and Jerrod Aragon a 67 net.
For the women’s flight, Susan and Heather Nicholson shot a 71 gross, while Jamie Eckroth and Lani Cleverly posted a 62 net score.
Organizers for the Yahoo have not yet calculated how much the event has brought in, though between the tourney and the drop itself, they expect it to be a good total, adding to more than $200,000 raised since the event’s creation.
“It’s a great marriage between Kiwanis and Boys & Girls Club, since we have the same mission, which is kids,” Cobb said.
A blend of Northwest Colorado imagery and splashy colors now greets Craig drivers and pedestrians.