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Steamboat Shootout funds to support junior golf

Luke Graham

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original version to correct an error in the cost for the Steamboat Shootout Golf Tournament. The cost is $175 per player or $700 for a team of four.

It was John Vanderbloemen's son Eric who taught him the importance of junior golf as the pair was driving down U.S. Highway 40 a few years back.

"Years ago, I was driving my son, Eric — who is now 25 — to a junior golf clinic at Haymaker," Vanderbloemen recalled this week. "As we were making the trip, he looked over at me and said, 'Dad, is there anything funner than junior golf?'"

It's a memory that Vander­bloemen has filed away for obvious reasons, and it's a moment that has inspired his support of the newly formed Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Associa­tion. The association is being led by Vanderbloemen, Tom Ptach and Butch Boucher. The role of the association, which was formed this summer, is to support and promote junior golf in Steamboat Springs.

Vanderbloemen said the group will support local tournaments and clinics and also will raise money for the Steamboat Springs Booster Club that he hopes will help support the high school club this season and in the future.

"There has always been a group that has supported high school golf," Vanderbloemen said. "Now, we are hoping to expand on that idea to support junior golf as a whole."

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The group's primary fundraiser is the Steamboat Shootout Golf Tournament, which takes place Monday at Catamount Ranch & Club. Teams of four players will compete in a modified shamble. All players will tee off and then play their own ball from the location of the best tee shot. The team then records its best net and gross scores.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $175 per person. This is the eighth year for the tournament, which has helped support high school golf in the valley in the past.

Vanderbloemen said players can register in advance or from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. To register immediately, call him at 970-846-8014, Tom Taylor at 970-846-4420 or Steve Dodson at 970-846-4223.

Vanderbloemen said early registration for this year's tournament is down, but he hopes the tournament will get some last-minute support from local golf enthusiasts.

"The weather is expected to be good, and this is a great opportunity to get out and play a beautiful course at Catamount Ranch & Club and to take in all the beauty of the Yampa Valley," Vanderbloemen said. "It's a great chance to support juniors and enjoy the game."

Moose's Loose tournament

The Moose's Loose golf to­­­urnament is Wednesday at Roll­ingstone Ranch Golf Club.

The tournament, which has been running for more than 30 years, is a benefit for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund and was started and hosted by former Olympic ski racer Jim "Moose" Barrows.

The cost to play is $125 per person and includes greens fees for 18 holes, use of a cart, beverages and an awards presentation at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. The scramble format tournament begins at 12:15 p.m. with a shotgun start.

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