Yahoo Ball Drop, golf tournament to benefit Boys & Girls Club, Craig Kiwanis

As the grounds of Yampa Valley Golf Course are showered in dozens of golf balls, two local organizations will see some significant funding after this weekend.

The Yahoo Ball Drop and golf tournament tee off Saturday morning at YVGC, a fundraising event for both Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Craig Kiwanis Club.

The ball drop starts at 8:30 a.m. as a massive amount of golf balls are released from an elevated platform onto a putting green by Craig Fire/Rescue.

Each ball is a contest entry, with white balls representing the normal prizes and red balls the higher-stakes prizes. The closest to the hole will win their buyers some big items and packages, including a river-rafting trip, fire pit, local gift certificates and more donated by area businesses.

The grand prize for the red balls is a combined $1,000 in cash and Spree Bucks.

Entries will be taken until 8 a.m. Saturday and are available for purchase — $10 for one white ball, $50 for five white balls and one red or $100 for 10 white balls and three red — at Boys & Girls Club or at

The event has been going since 2004 as a way to bring in donations for the local groups to help local youth, whether through Kiwanis’s scholarships and other community work or Boys & Girls Club’s regular after-school happenings for kids.

“It’s a super-important event for both of us,” said Boys & Girls Club director Dana Duran. “We use these funds to provide character and leadership programs for our local youth. I think kids need a club now more than ever to give them the self-confidence and programs to be their best. We really couldn’t do this without our community. We are so thankful for them.”

Following the ball drop is the tournament, dubbed the Yahoozer Scramble for four-person teams. The entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per person and includes all golf fees, cart, range balls, prizes and a meal following the tournament.

Space is limited.

Contact Yampa Valley Golf Course at 970-824-FORE (3673) to register.

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