Not even will power could help Pauline Bouchard's putt fall into the hole at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club during the 9th annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament last year. The local tournament returns to the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club on July 14 to celebrate the event's 10th anniversary. Once again the money will be split between the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

Photo by John F. Russell

Not even will power could help Pauline Bouchard's putt fall into the hole at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club during the 9th annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament last year. The local tournament returns to the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club on July 14 to celebrate the event's 10th anniversary. Once again the money will be split between the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

Rally for the Cure tournament is July 14

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If you go

What: 10th annual Steamboat Rally for the Cure golf tournament

When: July 14 (8 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun starts)

Where: Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club

Cost: Entry is $100 and covers greens fees, cart and lunch. Entry for Rollingstone club members with paid 2009 greens fees and cart pass is $55, or $65 without cart pass.

Other: The tournament benefits the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Donations welcome. Checks can be made payable to Steamboat's Rally for the Cure or the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

Call: Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at 879-1391

— When Linda Danter started the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament in Steamboat Springs, she had no idea she would be helping Amy Brown or Julie Hagenbuch. But she was thinking about them.

"Unfortunately, everyone knows somebody who has been impacted by breast cancer," Danter said. "The great thing about this tournament is that so much of the money stays here. People can see that the money is being used for a good cause and chances are they know somebody who has been helped."

This year's Rally for the Cure is July 14 at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. Danter founded the event 10 years ago, and it has raised more than $135,000. Last year, the event drew a record field and raised $34,387, which was split between the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

"It's grown every year since we started it," Danter said of the tournament. "We may not grow this year, but it's too early to tell."

Danter is a strong believer in keeping the money in Steamboat, and she wants to maintain the same level of support for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Foundation as last year.

"If we don't raise as much money, we may give a little more to the local cause," Danter said. "That money helps locals, and I want to see it spent locally."

She's pleased the proceeds have helped women such as Hagenbuch and Brown.

The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project helped Hagenbuch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, pay for wigs, doctor bills and lost wages. It also helped cover the cost of post-surgery massage treatments.

"The process is really long with breast cancer," Hagenbuch said. "My treatment is a year long, but I'm almost there."

Hagenbuch has health insurance, but she has learned that her plan doesn't cover many of the things she needs.

"It was a huge financial help for me," she said of the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. "It's not really a support group, but it's nice to know that there are people out there who care and are willing to help."

Brown isn't fighting breast cancer, but a family history has her on the offensive. The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project helped her pay for preventative care that included a mammography and an MRI. Like Hagenbuch, Brown has health insurance, but it wouldn't cover certain tests.

"My insurance company still hasn't caught up with the progressive thinking," Brown said. "Because of my history I want to make sure I'm doing everything possible."

These are the types of stories that fuel Danter's desire to host the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament. This year she has a dedicated group of volunteers, the help of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club and many local businesses.

"We have more than 200 local businesses taking part this year," Danter said. "I'll be at the grocery store, and a business owner will stop me and ask about the tournament and how they can help. It's great to see, especially right now."

Danter said interest has been high among local golfers but that she still has room in the morning and afternoon sessions for the four-person scramble tournament. Teams can be any combination of men and women. There are separate categories for men's teams, women's teams and mixed teams.

The tournament features a double shotgun start with the morning session starting at 8 a.m. and the afternoon group taking off at 1 p.m.

For more information or to enter the tournament, call Brian Thorne at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at 879-1391.

- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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