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Rollingstone Ranch director of golf offers Rally in the Valley golf tournament new life

— For the past 16 years, local men and women have flocked to the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament to support those in the community dealing with breast cancer.

Originally, the tournament was known as the Rally in the Valley and supported the Susan G. Komen Foundations, but it was later shifted to help more women locally. At that time, it changed its name from the Rally for the Cure to the Rally in the Valley. Because the tournament shifted its support, it is no longer a Rally for the Cure event, but that hasn't stopped it from reaching the community with a helping hand.

The money raised by the tournament helped support the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, an organization set up to help women who are dealing with breast cancer and to help women who can't afford basic screenings to avoid the ill effects of breast cancer. The organization also raises awareness and offers support to family's dealing with the disease.

In 2012, longtime tournament coordinator Linda Danter stepped down to spend more time with her family, and when her replacement, Robin Crossan, stepped down after last year's tournament, it seemed the long-running, grassroots effort had come to an end. But that's when Mike Dunlop, the new director of golf at the Rollingstone Ranch, stepped in to make sure the community effort would not die.

"It's a great tournament, and we really wanted to keep it here at the club," Dunlop said earlier this week. "We are always looking to support the community with events like this one, so when I heard they were not going to be able to do it this year, we decided to step in."

Dunlop said he has gotten some help from the former directors who want to see their efforts continue, adding that he is committed to keeping the event alive in the future. He said some changes were made this year, including limiting the event to one shotgun start instead of the former two. But he is hoping the event will return to the format local golfers enjoyed in the future.

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"It's going to be a little smaller this year," Dunlop said. "But hopefully, we can grow it in the future and get it back to where it used to be."

This year's event will offer an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and will feature a four-person scramble format. No handicap is needed. Dunlop said early interest in the tournament has been strong, and there are only about 35 spots remaining. He said the tournament will have prizes, as well as fun competitions such as the longest drive, longest putt and many others.

This year's tournament is $115 per player and includes golf, cart and lunch. For more information or to register for the event, contact the Rollingstone Ranch at 970-879-1391.

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