Rally in the Valley prepared to tee off to help local families battle breast cancer | SteamboatToday.com

Rally in the Valley prepared to tee off to help local families battle breast cancer

Golfer Bob Huron reacts after just missing a putt at a past Rally in the Valley tournament. The tournament raises money for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and continues to be a summer tradition at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

Later this month a determined group of golfers will take to the fairways and greens of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club in Steamboat Springs to take part in a tradition that was born 17 years ago.

"I think this tournament holds a special place in Steamboat Springs," said Mike Dunlop, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club professional. "The main thing it does is keeps the money that it raises right here in the valley."

The Rally in the Valley began at the Steamboat Golf Club as a "Rally for the Cure" fundraiser, with the funds raised split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the local Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. Both organizations used the money in the battle against breast cancer.

The event grew over the years to more than 200 golfers and eventually moved to Rollingstone, which offered 18 holes. 

The first event involved members of the local women's golf club, but the event evolved to include men. The event also left the Rally for the Cure umbrella, so that it could donate all the  money it raised to residents of Routt and Moffat counties.

Now all of the money raised at the tournament is donated to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, where it is used to help families with travel costs and other expenses connected with their battles against breast cancer, and money is also used to help local women pay for mammograms and other preventive measures that may not be covered by insurance.

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The  tournament was founded by the Steamboat Women's Golf Association and spearheaded by Linda Danter. She stepped down after 13 years of running the event and was succeeded by Robin Crossan, who spent a couple of years at the helm.

Dunlop and his staff at Rollingstone Ranch volunteered to step in when, three summers ago, Crossan announced she no longer had the time to put on the event.

"It's not as big as it once was, but we just didn't want to see it go away," Dunlop said. "Back in the day, they had an auction and a couple of shotgun starts. It's not that big anymore, but it still has a solid local following, and it's a ton of fun. I think it has an important place on our summer schedule."

This year's Rally in the Valley will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 11 with a shotgun start. The four-person scramble event is open to the first 100 golfers who sign up, and prizes will be awarded to the winners in each division, with the rest of the prizes being handed out as part of a drawing.

The cost it $115 per golfer and includes lunch. Anyone interested in playing can call the Rollingstone Ranch Pro Shop at 970-879-1391.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966