Museum of Northwest Colorado: Almost time for golf |

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Almost time for golf

Mary Pat Dunn, Museum of Northwest Colorado Registrar
Enjoying the joke on someone, three men, including Larry Seip, left, pose by a somewhat battered Volkswagen filled with brush and debris, outside the Yampa Valley Golf Course. The staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado would love to hear from anyone who knows more about this lighthearted incident which took place in May of 1978. The photo was taken by Keith Gillam who took many of the photos on file at the museum.
Courtesy Photo

With the receding mounds of snow around Craig, it is apparent that golf season is not so far off.

It won’t be long before the links are open and winter-white legs get revealed in Bermuda shorts pulled from the bottom of dressers drawers.

This week’s photograph also was pulled from the bottom of a drawer. The image, another one of the thousands of Craig photographs taken by Keith Gillam, was shot out at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. It was used on the front page of the May 31, 1978, edition of The Northwest Colorado Daily Press.

The photograph shows three men posing by a muddy car filled with brush, weeds and rocks, and sporting a dented beer can on top. Attached to the car is a sign, which reads: “Special Award closest to Pin #9 (whether you want it or not). Donated by Harry Watt.”

The man on the left has been identified as Larry Seip, but the two others are unidentified. The brief newspaper photo caption explains that the car was pulled out of the barrow ditch, but exactly why it was there and the nature of the joke is unknown.

If you can identify the other two men in the photo, and possibly illuminate the staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado as to the origin of this light-hearted photograph, we would love to hear from you.

Call 970-824-6360 if you can identify the men or the event, or come by the museum during business hours and take a closer look at the photo to see if you remember anything about it. And get those Bermuda shorts out — it soon will be time to swing those clubs again.

Mary Pat Dunn is the registrar for the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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