Golfers, students win big with Moffat County Sheriff tourney |

Golfers, students win big with Moffat County Sheriff tourney

Andy Bockelman
Lisel Thompson, of Steamboat Springs, goes into her backswing on the 10th tee of Yampa Valley Golf Course Saturday during the Moffat County Sheriff's Office golf tournament. The fundraising event for local scholarships had 16 foursomes competing during the day.
Andy Bockelman

It was the usual suspects and then some in attendance at the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office tournament Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course as 16 teams of four hit the links to support scholarships for local students.

Weather conditions first thing in the morning looked like golfers might be miserable, but it wasn’t long before the sky brightened to make a pleasant day on the course.

The group of Jim Ferree, Dave Pike, Butch Behrman and Brett Sperl was put together at the last minute for the tourney, but they were more than ready to swing big, placing bets on the best drives.

“We got it together last night, hell of a team,” Sperl said. “The less you bet, the more you lose when you win.”

Sperl, known to everyone there as “Spider-Man” or “Spidey,” also walked away with some considerable cash, reaching into the Sheriff’s Office box of mystery bills — available for $5 per grab — and pulling out the lone portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant for 10 times his investment.

Organizers provided plenty of door prizes for players, who in turn gave until it hurt by bidding on some high-end silent auction items, including a package to Steamboat Springs’ Catamount Ranch & Club.

In the scramble format, Sperl’s foursome’s 66 was about the middle of the pack. The winners of the top gross score of 54 were Jason Back, Shane Camilletti and brothers Derek and Ryan Duran.

Most who were out there did so purely for fun.

Bob Waker said he used to play golf far more frequently at YVGC since moving to the area in 1981, though he still makes time for some tournaments, including the Colowyo event scheduled for June 27.

“At 78, I’m just damn glad to be out here, playing with the youngsters,” he said.

Couple James and Debra Liljedahl were happy to contribute to the agency’s efforts.

“Every scholarship or award we can give these kids is to our benefit and to theirs,” James said.

Sheriff KC Hume was among those teeing off alongside his wife, Errica, though he felt their teammate, Chuck Grobe, was giving him a run for his money.

“Commissioner Grobe is far superior to me, so I’m relying on all his prowess,” Hume said, with Grobe laughing in response.

The Sheriff’s Office is still tallying the money raised for this year, but every little bit helps, Hume said.

“It’s about the kids, it’s a good chance for our community to get out and support an absolutely wonderful cause,” he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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