Teeing off to fight cancer

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— Seventy golfers, 28 hole sponsors and 140 merchants came together Tuesday at the Steamboat Golf Club for a single cause.

The fifth annual Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament is a benefit to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In the past four years, the event has raised more than $14,000, and a strong turnout Tuesday morning had organizer Linda Danter optimistic about this year's event.

"We had more than a full field of golfers," Danter said. "I had a total of 90 women come out this morning. Some of them were going to play, but others just wanted to volunteer or make donations."

While golf was on the menu, it wasn't the main course at the event. Having fun, hanging out with friends and supporting a great cause seemed to be priorities for most of the golfers wandering the Steamboat Golf Club's nine-hole course.

"I've been playing in this tournament for years," Lindsay Heer said after knocking down a birdie putt on the No. 9 hole. "Breast cancer impacts everyone around the world and has impacted my family. This is just a great event for a worthwhile cause."

It was also a chance for women from Steamboat's four courses to come out and play in a single event.

"It's just so much fun to play in," Heer said. "I see women in this event that I haven't seen all summer. It's a great chance to get together with friends, and what better way to get together than playing golf for a great cause."

The tournament raises money through entry fees, a silent auction and donations.

Lois Pollard pocketed a gift certificate to La Montana for winning the 18-hole gross division. Sue Carpenter will be headed to the Cantina after winning the 18-hole net title.

Mary White won the 9-hole gross title, earning a gift certificate to the Ore House, and Robin Sommerville won the 9-hole net title and a gift certificate to Christy Sports.

Danter organized the tournament with help from Sue Fisherman, Michele Matthews and Barbara Walker.

"Those three worked tirelessly with me to put on the event," Danter said. "I couldn't have done it without them.

The tournament has become a tradition at the Steamboat Golf Club. Each year the event challenges women from Steamboat Springs to step to the plate in the battle against breast cancer. Danter said the amount of money raised each year keeps climbing, and she expects this year's event to be another record breaker. She said she would know for sure in a couple of days.

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