Jr. golf tourneys get under way


— A series of three golf tournaments will keep juniors busy over the next few weeks in Steamboat Springs.

The first of the events will kick off at 1 p.m. July 25 with a shotgun start. The deadline to enter is July 23 and the event is limited to residents of Routt County under the age of 18.

"We only have nine holes out here, so we have to limit the players in the tournament," said Bill Nickey, Steamboat Golf Club director of junior golf. "Last year we had about 40 golfers out for the tournament."

The tournament is designed to reach out to a wide array of players ranging from 18 years of age to under 9. Players will be divided into four different age groups.

Golfers in the 16-18, 13-15 and 10-12 age divisions will all play nine holes. Players 9 and under will head out for five hotels of golf.

On Aug. 3, the Haymaker Golf Club will host the second annual Haywhacker Junior Golf Championships.

"We already have 85 golfers signed up and we are expecting about 100 total," said Jason Deigert, junior golf director at the Haymaker.

"This is our biggest tournament of the summer."

The tournament is open to players 8-18 years of age who are participating in a junior golf program anywhere. Deigert said players will come from around the state and around the country. The event is a Colorado Junior Golf Association points event, which helps attract top juniors from all over the state.

"Last year we had 65 players total, so it's really growing," Deigert said.

It will begin with a shotgun start and is limited to the first 100 entries. There is a $25 entry fee, which includes greens fee, a bag tag and practice range fees.

There will also be a lunch, prizes and trophies for the top finishers.

There will be four age divisions with players 14-18 playing 18 holes, players 11-13 playing nine holes and players 8-10 taking on six holes.

The Haywhacker will be followed by the most prestigious local golf tournament in this summer run the Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Championships, which will utilize all four courses here in Steamboat Springs.

The tournament is open to juniors 12-18 years of age who are residents of Routt County.

Cost to play is $50 and includes tournament greens fees at all four courses, lunch and beverages on both days, a tournament golf towel and bag tag as well as prizes and awards.

The field will be limited to the first 72 applicants with a maximum of 20 players in each of the boys' divisions. The girls' open division will be limited to the first 12 applicants.

The tournament will open at the Steamboat and Sheraton golf clubs on Aug. 7. On Aug. 8, the event will move to the Catamount Ranch and Club and the Haymaker Golf Course for the final rounds of the event.


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