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Rally For The Cure golf event sees largest crowd

Ben Bulkeley

The greens were pink Wednesday morning.

More than 50 golfers participated in the 10th annual Rally For The Cure golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The all-female event, sponsored by the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Club, raised $2,777 – $1,100 for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation and $1,677 for the Moffat County Cancer Society.

Sue Thompson and Susan Utzinger were the coordinators for the event, and Utzinger said this year’s event was the most successful.

“Each year, we’ve been really impressed,” she said. “It has grown big time – every year we have more ladies.”

Last year was a record year with 46 golfers, Utzinger said. This year, the Rally for the Cure event brought 55 golfers to the course.

“This is more ladies than we’ve ever had,” she said. “When we started, I would make a guess and say maybe 30 people showed up.”

The tournament was born from similar events, Utzinger said.

“We saw an advertisement in a golf magazine about other courses that had started their own Rally For The Cure events, and we thought, ‘Why not bring it here to Craig?'”

The Ladies Golf Club wanted to keep a portion of the funds in Craig, Utzinger said.

“The really impressive thing about the tournament is that a large portion of the money stays right in our community,” she said.

Keeping the money local was important because many of the Ladies Golf Club members have been affected by cancer, Utzinger said.

“Many of the ladies out here today are cancer survivors themselves,” she said. “Cancer affects all of us. Either we are survivors, or we know someone who fought cancer.

“There have been a few Ladies Club members who have died from cancer over the years, and I know some of the ladies out there today are golfing in their memory.”

The money will be used for several different purposes, Utzinger said.

“A lot will be used for breast cancer awareness and research,” she said. “It will also be used to help women battling breast cancer and their families.

“That could mean just paying for meals or a hotel in Grand Junction or Denver if they have to drive there for treatment.”

Because the money goes to a good cause, more and more golfers have participated.

“Ladies have really embraced this tournament,” Utzinger said. “They circle their calendars and really look forward to it.”

At the end of the day, the team of Cathy Call, Brenda Parfrey, Lani Cleverly and Jaime Eckroth won the event with a gross score of 68.

Helen Knez and Linda Showalter, both of Craig, golfed in the event.

“I heard it was so much fun so I had to see for myself,” Knez said.

Both said they had golf and cancer connections, having lost friend Mary Fedinec in March.

“She just loved life – she was a great lady,” Showalter said. “She was a good golfer, too.”


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