Women Rally for Cure

Local golfers hold annual event to raise breast cancer awareness

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— Local golfer Linda Danter doesn't know anyone who hasn't been touched in some way by the devastating effects of breast cancer.

As the number of Danter's friends who have battled the disease continues to grow, she decided the time to do something has come. So a couple of years ago, she presented an idea to the local members of the Steamboat Ladies Golf Club, and it was well received.

"I had read about Rally for a Cure and some of the other things that the Komen Foundation was doing," Danter said. "So I went to Ladies and proposed holding a golf tournament and they thought it was an excellent idea."

In its first year in Steamboat Springs the Rally for a Cure drew 52 local women to the Steamboat Golf Club, and the event raised $1,100 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The deadline to enter this year's event is July 17, and the event will be held July 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Cost to enter is just $15, plus greens fees for the Steamboat golf course. That means local members who have paid club dues will not have to pay as much as golfers who are not members. The $15 donation goes to the group's cause.

The Rally for a Cure is a nationwide golf tournament built on the idea of raising awareness about breast cancer among women golfers.

"The funny thing is that this event is not a fund-raiser," Rally for a Cure general manager Nancy Vukmanovich said. "It started as more of an awareness program. We really wanted to get information out about early dedication and we knew we needed to reach women golfers."

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation already has a set of successful fund-raising events in place including the very popular Race for a Cure.

But Vukmanovich said that women who run and women who golf fall into two totally different target groups. The idea was to reach a different group of women with this specific event.

But in the process, it also became another huge fund-raising effort. In 1996, the event was held at just 356 courses across the country. Last year that number grew to 2,228, and there are more than 2,256 courses already set to host events this year as well.

Last year that translated into $1.7 million in donations. The Rally has raised more than $5 million in its history.

Steamboat's events will include both a 9- and 18-hole contest. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, low gross and low net.

"We've got tons of prizes from the community," Danter said. "We are going to have drawings, golf prizes and an auction."

Danter is hoping this year's event will raise even more money for the battle against breast cancer.

She said the event draws golfers from the Steamboat, Haymaker and even Catamount golf clubs.

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