Golfers scramble for a good cause


Steamboat Springs golfer Steve Dodson wasn't available for comment following his team's win in Wednesday's Hospice Golf Classic Tournament at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club.

After helping his team win the event for the second year in a row, Dodson was off to meet his wife for a special dinner it was the couples ninth wedding anniversary, according to teammate Bob Mesecher.

The four-man team, which included Dodson, Mesecher, Bill Budwitz and Mike Sherrill, fired an 18-hole round of 58 to take the top spot on the leader's board in the scramble format tournament.

"Everybody on the team contributed," Mesecher said after the round. "It was a real team effort."

Mesecher said the team realized that they were in the running after they finished. But the squad had to wait a few minutes in the clubhouse to find out if they had officially won the event, which is a charity for the Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado. That group provides care for terminally ill patients from the Yampa Valley.

"There were three or four really good teams in this tournament," Mesecher said. "So we had to hang around a little bit to figure out if we had won."

When the teams finally trickled in the round of 58 did in fact hold up.

The squad of Dave Betz, Cliff Craig, Tom Herzog and Todd Johnson gave the first-place team a run for their money on the second nine, but finished one stroke out with a score of 59. In third place, the team of Gary Crawford, Dirk Vanatta, Gary Migues, Jack Doyle and Paula Stephenson finished at 60.

"It was great to win it (the tournament) again. We are already looking forward to No. 3," Mesecher said with a chuckle.

Mesecher and his teammate Dodson were both on last year's winning team. The pair, however, played with Chuck Leckenby and Jim and Stacy Swiggart in last year's event.

Mesecher said the team lost a few of its original players prior to this year's event, but were able to find solid replacements in time to compete. The last minute addition of Budwitz and Sherrill paid off as the team collected another win.

Mesecher, who has played in the tournament the past several years, said that playing in the event is about more than just winning, however.

"It's all for a good cause," Mesecher said. "That's what is really important."

More than 120 players and 24 different teams took part in this year's event which was held at the Sheraton Golf Course. The event also featured an auction on June 26 which was designed to raise money for the charity as well.

Other winners in the event included Stephenson and Cam Boyd who topped the longest drive events. Mark Folkestad and Joan Conroy won the closest to the pin.


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