Golf shootout draws juniors

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— For the men's club at Steamboat Golf Club, the annual Cowboy/Cowgirls Shootout is much more than just another golf tournament.

"It's staple at our club," course manager Wayne Garrison said. "It's an opportunity to give back to the youth in our community. It's our chance to get children involved with golf."

This year, the Cowboy/Cowgirls Shootout celebrates its 14th year with a July 29 tournament. Bill Nickey, the course's former junior director, started the tournament. He has since moved to Pennsylvania for health reasons. The tournament has remained and become an annual tradition at the nine-hole course just west of Steamboat Springs. The tournament is specifically for youth golfers as old as 18.

The youngest golfers, ages 9 and younger, play five holes and tee off at 2 p.m. There are also divisions for golfers ages 10 to 11 and 12 to 13. Those golfers play nine holes at tee off at 12:30 p.m. The older divisions, including the 14 to 15 division, and 16 to 18 division, tee off at 8 a.m. and play 18 holes.

The entry fee is $30 and includes tournament fee, lunch and prizes. The deadline to enter is July 27, and golfers (or their parents) should register at the Steamboat Golf Club's pro shop. For more information, call the course at 970-879-4295.

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