Chamber hosts golf fundraiser to benefit youths

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— Eighty-seven golfers turned out Wednesday for a tournament designed to assist the next generation of community business leaders.

The Y.E.S. Golf Tournament, held at the Steamboat Sheraton Golf Club, raises money for the Youth Education Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduating Routt County high school seniors and high school groups working to attain business skills.

Event organizer Shauna La----mansky said it appears this year's tournament was a success.

"It's $100 to enter with teams of four or five competing," Lamansky said. "We also have a ton of local tee and green sponsors. We raised $11,000 last year, and we're online to get our goal of raising at least $10,000 this year."

Money raised during Wed--nesday's tournament will go to next year's scholarship and grant fund recipients.

Despite the offering of some hefty hole-in-one prizes -- a new car from Steamboat Motors and $5,000 from First National Bank of Steamboat Springs -- no one sank the elusive shot.

The five-person team that won the tournament -- and a variety of event-logoed gear, coffee and gift certificates -- was Gary Crawford, Todd Lodwick, John Haller, Toby Weitzel and Joan Morrison. The team finished with a score of 56.

Hugh Scott won the longest putt competition, Noah Bramble won both long-drive competitions and Laurie Bue--low and Erik Dargevics won the closest-to-the-pin challenge. The Y.E.S. Golf Tournament is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Ambassadors. The Ambassadors will give the $11,000 raised in last year's tournament to the 2006 Youth Education Scholarship winners -- Steamboat Springs High School graduating seniors Alicia Belford, Tucker Louthan, Dillon Jenkins, Margery Jones, Nicole DuBord, Cody Kurowski and Jennifer Spencer. Funds also will go to the Soroco High School and Hayden High School chapters of Future Business Leaders of America. Members from the Hayden chapter plan to attend the FBLA National Leadership Conference next month in Nashville, Tenn.

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