Golf Classic deadline closes in

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— Jim Somerville is thrilled with the out-of-town interest in this year's Ski Town USA Golf Classic, which will take place June 27 and 28 in Steamboat Springs.

He's also surprised the majority of the field in the annual tournament comes from outside the community. Somerville is pushing to get more residents signed up for the event, which is a benefit for the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley and the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club, before the May 30 deadline.

"I would say 75 percent of the golfers come from outside and are not full-time residents," Somerville said. "This year, we are pushing to get more locals involved - especially when you consider who benefits."

The two-day tournament, now in its 11th year, is one of the largest of the season. The unique scramble format is designed for a good time, and play is stretched out across two days and two courses. The field will be split each day between Catamount Ranch & Club and Haymaker Golf Course. Golfers will have a chance to play both courses.

Haymaker head pro Hank Franks said the tournament is a good value for local golfers looking to play two of Steamboat's finest golf courses, including the private Catamount course that typically is open only to members.

"It truly is a great value when you start to price this thing out," Franks said. Registration is $495 for a single golfer and $1,900 for a foursome. Somerville says the cost covers 36 holes of golf including the cart and breakfast and lunch each day. That price also includes Thursday's registration party, two tickets to Friday night's auction and cocktail party, and an invite to Saturday afternoon's awards party and luncheon. The gift package from Oakley is valued at more than $100.

The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley plans to use proceeds to support the purchase of a new CT scanner to upgrade imaging capabilities at the nonprofit Yampa Valley Medical Center, and enhance cardiac imaging studies. The scanner is projected to cost more than $1.7 million.

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club proceeds will be used to support its student scholarship program for students from Routt County.

For more information or to register, call event director Jenn Jones at the Healthcare Foundation at 871-0700 or visit www.yvmc.org.

Somerville said the tournament is going to be capped at 216 golfers this season. He said he already has more than 160 golfers registered to play in the event.

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