Golfers chip in

Golf Shoot-out to benefit Sailors

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— D.J. Edwards and her husband, Hank, don't have any children of their own. But the couple takes pride in supporting junior golf in the Yampa Valley.

"We love the game of golf," Edwards said. "Playing in this tournament is a great way to support junior golf and give back to the game."

The Sailors Golf Shoot-out started five years ago to support a promising young high school program at Steamboat Springs High School. The tournament's goal remains the same today, but high school golf coach Steve Dodson would love to see the Shoot-out's impact expand.

"I simply want to support golf in this community," Dodson said. "That means promoting junior golf and not just the high school program."

Dodson thinks getting younger golfers involved in the game not only will help the high school program in the future, but also will make the sport itself stronger.

"It would be great if we could support some of the junior golf programs in the Yampa Valley and maybe establish a scholarship that could be given to a graduating senior," Dodson said.

For now, tournament organizers are happy to raise enough money to cover the high school program's travel expenses, equipment and coaches' salaries for next season. Dodson said if there is any money left over after the high school golf season, he might be able to address some of those loftier goals.

This year's Sailors Shoot-out is at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Catamount Ranch & Club. The deadline to enter the tournament is Friday, and Dodson hopes to have between 20 and 22 teams registered to play before the deadline.

"Last year we had 21 teams, and it was great," Dodson said.

The tournament format will feature teams of four players taking part in a modified two, best-ball tournament. Tees will be assigned by handicap, and interested golfers can contact Jim Miller at 871-9200. The cost to play is $150 a person, and checks should be made payable to "The Golf Fund." Space is limited, so golfers should sign up early.

Edwards was part of last year's winning team, but she points out that this event is more about supporting junior golf than winning trophies.

This year, she plans to team up with her husband, Tom Taylor, and Anne Mayberry to take a shot at another title. But she'll be happy as long as junior golf continues to grow.

"This event has always been a lot of fun, and it's a great chance for people to get out and play Catamount," Edwards said.

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