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Golf tournament raises money for breast cancer

— Barbara Walker can’t eliminate breast cancer single-handedly.

But that hasn’t stopped her, and the other volunteers who are working for this year’s Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, from trying.

The tournament will take place July 17 at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club.

“If an individual can make a difference in one person’s quality of life then it’s worth it,” Walker said.

Longtime tournament organizer Linda Danter agrees.

When she suggested hosting the annual golf tournament eight years ago to the other members of her women’s golf group, she simply wanted to give back to the community. Thirty-six women responded the first year and raised $1,121 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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It was respectable, but Danter wasn’t satisfied.

Since that first tournament, Danter has continued to push the tournament forward. The tournament, which started at the Steamboat Golf Club, outgrew the 9-hole course a few years ago.

Enter the Sheraton course.

Last year, the event drew 196 players and raised a record $24,624. To date, the event has generated $68,405 dollars. Today that money is split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

“This is a grassroots effort,” Danter said. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the Ski Town Women’s Golf Association and the Sheraton Golf Club.”

Danter says she networks year-round to find sponsors, players and donors for the event, which has become very personal to her.

When she started, she wanted to pick an event that was important to women. But after years of hosting the event, she has come to realize that so many of the women that benefit from the event are her friends.

Luckily, she said it’s not difficult to find supporters in a generous town like Steamboat Springs. But it still requires her to get out and knock on a few doors in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

This year’s tournament is scheduled to take place July 17 and will feature a double shotgun start to allow more players a chance to take part. The first group will tee off at 8 a.m. and the second is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The $90 registration fee ($50 for Sheraton members with a cart pass and $60 for members without) includes cart, golf and lunch. Danter said there is also a contest on just about every hole.

With more than 300 local sponsors, Danter said there are going to be plenty of items at a silent auction. Last year, the tournament nearly sold out, and Danter is hoping for a similar response this time around.

“I just hope that we can keep making a difference,” Danter said. “I’m not sure if this tournament can continue to grow, but I’ve got a great bunch of volunteers out there trying to make that happen and trying to make a difference.”

Walker is one of them. She has been volunteering for the past four years, and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.

“This is a great tournament, and this is a great cause,” Walker said. “Like I said, if just one person benefits from all this work, it’s worth it. It’s also a great chance to raise awareness about breast cancer – getting the information out there is another big part of what we are about.”

– To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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