Young Life golf event set for Saturday |

Young Life golf event set for Saturday

Ben Bulkeley

If you go

What: Moffat County Young Life golf tournament

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394

Cost: $200 for a team of four, includes cart fees

For more information, call area director David Pressgrove at 629-9600

By club or by car, Moffat County Young Life will get its members to camp.

On Saturday, Young Life will sponsor a golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course to help raise funds for youth retreat camps.

David Pressgrove, Moffat County Young Life area director, said Saturday’s golf tournament will be the second for his organization.

“It kind of came to be last year when we didn’t have a car show,” Pressgrove said. “We had a good response so we decided to try again this year.”

Last year’s tournament raised more than $4,000 to send kids to camp, Pressgrove said.

“Camps are kind of the centerpiece for Young Life,” he said. “You’ll have kids coming back from these camps saying that it was the best week of their lives.

“It gives them a chance to get away from their regular lives for a bit and experience faith.”

Young Life, which includes more than 70 middle and high school students from Hayden and Moffat County, is an international Christian group.

Some of the camps Pressgrove has taken his Young Life groups have included a seven-day hike through Rocky Mountain National Park, a spring break trip to Mexico for sea kayaking and a trip to Oregon during the summer.

“At the camps, there’s a speaker and a lot of adults involved,” he said. “They’re there just to relate and give their unconditional time.

“It’s more by example than by sitting them down and preaching in front of them.”

Having the tournament also doubles as a way to spread awareness about the group, Pressgrove said.

“It’s important for us since we are not part of any specific church to raise awareness about what Young Life is,” he said. “After the tournament, we are going to have a lunch where we talk about what Young Life is, and what people are supporting.”

Several Young Life members will assist in the tournament to help raise more money, Pressgrove said.

Along with the car show, which takes place during June’s Whittle the Wood, and an annual banquet, the golf tournament is one of Young Life’s main fundraisers.

“The car show brings out a different group than the golf tournament, which is good because it helps us raise more awareness,” he said. “And like the car show, the golf tournament is more for the community. The car show and the golf tournament aren’t as much about us as they are for the community.”

Pressgrove said he hasn’t seen the economy affect the sponsors or the number of teams entering the tournament.

But with Young Life becoming larger in the Yampa Valley, more funding would be necessary.

“We’ll expand to Hayden next year,” Pressgrove said. “Anytime you expand, you need more resources, whether it’s time or money.”

The tournament starts at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Pressgrove said there are still slots available.

The cost is $200 for a four-person team.

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