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Friends hold golf tourney for Bosworth

Former Steamboat Springs resident Gary Bosworth left a lasting impression in the Yampa Valley.

On Wednesday, his friends are hoping the community he loved so much will return the favor by taking part in the Gary Bosworth Carts and Coolers Friendship Fund Golf Tournament.

“There are no winners in this event but Gary,” longtime friend Bill Cropper said. “Winning prizes is not what this event is about.”

Bosworth, who worked as a bartender at establishments such as the Cameo, Cassidy’s and Dos Amigos while living in Steamboat, has been battling leukemia since late last year. He lived in Steamboat from the early 1970s through 1986. During that time, he ran a golf tournament called Carts and Coolers — a tournament that started as part of his bachelor party.

“Just like the rest of us, he likes to think he is a pretty good golfer,” Cropper said. “But that tournament was just about having fun.”

The tournament ended in 1986 when Bosworth left Steamboat, but has been rejuvenated to help its former organizer.

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“Gary ran this tournament for seven or eight years,” Cropper said. “I want to make it an annual event again. We want to help Gary this year, but maybe (help) someone else who is in a similar situation in the future.”

Since leaving Steamboat, Bosworth has stayed in touch with friends. He visits the community often as part of his job as an insurance salesman with New England Financial.

His friends in Steamboat hope to raise money for him and his family through the tournament, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Cost to enter the basic scramble format event is $125 per person, plus $1 per stroke for the team score. For example, if a four-person team finishes the round with an 80, then the team is expected to write a check for $80 to the Friendship Fund at the end of the tournament.

There will be a post-event spaghetti dinner at Dos Amigos and proceeds from alcohol sales will be donated to the Bosworth family.

A silent auction and raffle also will help raise money for the family. Items for those events include a 20-day ski pass, skis, snowboards, Broncos tickets and a round of golf.

The tournament is limited to the first 28 teams and proper golf attire is required.