Jack Motica caught a 28-inch rainbow trout during the eighth annual Yampa Valley Golf-Trout Tournament.

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Jack Motica caught a 28-inch rainbow trout during the eighth annual Yampa Valley Golf-Trout Tournament.

Sports briefs: Motica snags 28-inch trout at Golf-Trout Tournament


— To say the fish were biting during the eighth annual Yampa Valley Golf-Trout Tournament would be an understatement.

The tournament raises funds for high school scholarships and river and trout restoration. It featured 17 teams fishing on 17 private ranches Saturday and a round of golf at Catamount Ranch & Club on Sunday.

The 17 teams of four fishermen caught 860 trout Saturday, with five teams catching more than 100 fish.

There were 52 fish more than 20 inches in length, with Jack Motica catching the largest, a 28-inch trout.

Team Duty led the way on Saturday, wrangling in 132 fish. The number of fish a team caught was put into a scoring matrix to determine golf handicaps for Sunday's round.

In the golfing portion of the tournament, the Don Sackman Team was first, the Jim Muth Team was second and the Jason Cassel Team was third.

The Don Sackman Team ended up winning overall.

"We couldn't have asked for better weather," said Jeff Ruff, the tournament's director. "It's always good to see people smiling."

Ruff said the tournament traditionally raises $40,000 to $70,000 for the Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust. He didn't have a figure for this year's tournament, but he said he thinks they were right on that pace again.

For more information about the tournament, to sign up for next year's event or to learn more about the Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust, visit www.yvff.org.

Time remains to sign up for Sailors Golf Shootout

The Sailors Golf Shootout is just around the corner, but high school golf coach Steve Dodson says there is time to get involved.

The tournament, which benefits the high school golf team and area junior programs, will tee off at the Catamount Ranch & Club on Monday. Dodson said he would love to see golfers register by Friday to play in the tournament, but stressed that no golfers will be turned away on the day of the event.

"If they come out on the day of the tournament we will do our best to get them on the course," Dodson said. "This is a big fundraiser, and we want to get as many players as we can."

Cost to play in the four-person modified, best ball event is $175, and the tournament will begin at 8 a.m. at the Catamount Ranch & Club. For more information or to sign up a team, call Dodson at 846-4223.

Volunteers needed to help host SSHS golf tournament

Volunteers are needed to help Steamboat Springs High School host the regional high school golf tournament at Haymaker Golf Course on Tuesday.

Steve Dodson, the high school coach, is hoping to find adults willing to walk the golf course with high school players and observe play and keep score.

Volunteers will need to show up at the course at 8 a.m. and should expect to observe the players in their group for the entire round. Interested adults should contact Dodson at 846-4223 or 879-9045.


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