Steamboat Springs Hank Franks can't help but smile when he recalls the days when Vic Steiner used to roam the fairways of Haymaker Golf Course as a course marshal.
"There are stories I can tell you about Vic, but there are plenty that I can't," Franks said with a chuckle. "He was a character, and everybody loved him."
Steiner lost his battle with cancer in 2000, but in an effort to keep his memory alive in the Yampa Valley, Haymaker's annual match-play tournament will be named the Vic Steiner Cup.
"Vic was one of those guys who simply enjoyed being out here and being a ranger," Franks said. "He didn't do it for the money. He did it because he loved being on the golf course."
The deadline to enter this year's tournament is June 9, and match-play rounds will be played throughout the summer months at Haymaker. The cost to enter is $30 plus greens fees.
Golfers are guaranteed at least two matches -- and more if they keep winning.
In a match-play tournament, golfers play head to head and earn a point for each hole they win. At the end of 18 holes, the golfer with the highest score advances to the next round, and the loser is out of the tournament. However, golfers who lose in the first round will get a chance to play in the consolation bracket.
Franks said he has wanted to name the tournament in honor of Steiner for several years, but he said the staff and golf committee wanted to wait for the appropriate length of time before honoring Steiner, who was an active member of the Steamboat community.
Steiner worked as a marshal at the course from 1998 until his death in 2000. Golfers can enter the tournament by signing up at Haymaker Golf Course until June 9. The brackets will be determined and the tournament will begin shortly thereafter.
For more information, call Haymaker's pro shop at 870-1846.
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