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Mark Your Calendar To Golf For The Kids

Rotary-Golfing-kidsBy: Doug Fox

June 14th is the date. The 18-hole golf course in Estes Park is the place. The annual Rotary Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament kicks off with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.

“We need golfers,” said Bruce Carmichael, chair of the Estes Park Rotary Club’s Golf Committee. “We’d like to put at least 100 golfers on the course for an afternoon of fun and for a good cause. Just think of it as playing a round of golf for the kids because all the money we raise will go to the Rotary Foundation’s scholarship fund which helps college bound students from Estes Park meet the increasing cost of a college education.”

There are three divisions of golfers: men’s, women’s and mixed (fun) division. Prizes are awarded to the first and second place teams in each division. Anyone who shoots a hole-in-one on Hole #10 wins $10,000. Prizes also will be awarded for the longest drive (men and women), closest tee shot to the pin on holes 2, 7, 10, and 15, and longest putt.

The entry fee is $110/individual or $400 for a team of four. The entry fee pays for green fees, golf cart, drink ticket, a goody bag loaded with stuff every golfer needs, and appetizers at the hangar Restaurant after the tournament.

“Even if you don’t play golf or even like golf, you can still participate in our tournament,” explained Carmichael. “We have the golf ball drop.”

Carmichael said you buy a numbered golf ball for $10. That ball and everybody else’s who bought one goes into a box that is opened far above a golf green. The three balls landing in or closest to the holes designated 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will receive 20%, 10%, and 5% of the total Golf Ball Drop entry fees respectively.

“You don’t even have to be here to win,” said Carmichael. “Buy a ball; get a chance to win a cash prize. How much depends on how many balls are sold.”

With less a month to go before the tournament, golfers need to be signing up. Registration forms are available at the 18-Hole Pro Shop, online at, (click on “golf tournament”) or by calling Bruce Carmichael at 970-586-5471.

If you would like to be a sponsor of the golf tournament, there are open sponsorships ranging from $75 to $2,000 or more and they carry a number of benefits including slots for tournament players. Contact Ron Gordon at 586-0370 or Jay Harroff at 586-3838 (daytime) or 586-5458 (evenings). Information on sponsorships is also available at


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