Juniors play for titles in end-of-season tourney

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— Young golfers still have a little more than a week to sign up for one of the final junior tournaments of the season in Steamboat Springs.

"This is just a fun local tournament at the end of the season," said Nina Krats, Haymaker's director of junior golf. "Golfers can sign up all next week, or until the field is full."

Krats isn't expecting the field to fill but is hoping the junior championship will draw its traditionally strong group of players when it begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 7. Tee times will be posted on Aug. 4. Golfers can sign up in one of four age classes. Golfers ages 6 to 8 will play five holes; golfers 9 to 10 will play nine holes, as will golfers between the ages of 11 and 14. The older 14 to 18 group will play an 18-hole round.

Cost is $40 per player and includes green fees, practice range, prizes and lunch. The tournament is open to any golfer age 6 to 18 who has taken part in a junior golf program and understands the rules and etiquette of the game.

"We want the players in this tournament to speak the language. We don't want players who have never been on a golf course or who don't understand the rules of the game," said Hank Franks, head professional at the Haymaker. "Ninety-five percent of this field is from Steamboat Springs, and it allows us to give our local junior golfers a chance to get out and play in a competitive format before their summer comes to an end."

Franks said the golfing community has been very supportive of the junior tournament in the past, and without the adults' understanding, the event would not be possible.

"It's important to thank the golfers who give up their time on the course, so that we can host a junior tournament," Franks said. "Without their help this wouldn't be possible."

Entry forms can be picked up at Haymaker golf course. The tournament will be one of two events held in August. Haymaker also will host a parent-child tournament Aug. 12.

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