Thursday, September 20, 2001
Steamboat Springs A record number of golfers came out to the Sheraton golf course on Wednesday to show their support for the young skiers of the Winter Sports Club at the annual Moose is Loose golf tournament.
"I'm not sure if it was our biggest Moose is Loose ever, but it was just as big as our biggest for sure," said Jim "Moose" Barrows, the founder and organizer of the annual charity tournament.
Sheraton professional Gary Crawford, however, said that 176 golfers took part in this year's event and he felt like that number was in fact a record number for the tournament. Last year, the event drew 157 golfers and raised in the neighborhood of $9,000.
"This was the biggest field that I can ever remember," Crawford said. "We had great weather and I think everyone had a pretty good time."
The proceeds are returned to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the form of a scholarship fund that directly benefits local skiers. Exact numbers on how much the tournament collected this year have not been calculated.
"This is a big deal for us," Barrows said of the fund-raiser. "We had a great turnout which is what we are always looking for."
On the course, the team of Dennis Dalton, John Zimmer, Mary Beth O'Brien and Val Cronin topped the results in the scramble-format tournament that uses a Stableford point system to rank the teams.
The winning team finished with a score of 28. Two local squads tied for second in the tournament and had to play a tiebreaker on the No. 18 hole to determine second place after the official round was completed.
The second-place team, which included Nick Wydra, Paul Maloof, Dennis Rykema, Ryan Barclay and D.J. Edwards, topped a squad including Crawford, Dan Banovich, Mike Morton, Dave Bledsoe and Billie Hart in the playoff.
The tournament took place on the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon and participants played 18 holes. Teams of five players competed in the scramble-format tournament. Each five-person team was required to have at least one female golfer.
Barrows, a former Olympic alpine skier who competed in Grenoble in 1968, started the tournament as a way to aid local skiers who could not afford to compete with the Winter Sports Club.
Barrows was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1965 to 1970. He was also a professional skier from 1970 to 1975. During that time, he placed third at a World cup in Franconia in 1967, was the North American downhill champion in 1969 and was a member of the FIS Alpine Team in 1966, competing in downhill, slalom and giant slalom.