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Charity tournaments on deck as golfers swing into season in Steamboat Springs

It may seen early, but the golf season is already starting to heat up in Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —  With the opening of the Steamboat Golf Club last week and the first rounds at the Haymaker, Rollingstone Ranch and Catamount on the horizon, it seems that the golf season in Steamboat Springs has arrived.

“It’s always fun to see the green emerge in the valley,” said John Vanderbloemen, who organizes the Steamboat Golf Shoot-Out and is an avid local golfer. “I played nine holes at Steamboat Golf Club yesterday afternoon and there is a lot of energy among golfers. Everybody is excited to get started, and we are tickled to have our event be the first charity event of the summer. The charity events, early on, are a great way to get people energized to get out and play.”

The 16th annual Steamboat Golf Shoot-Out is a fundraiser for junior golf programs in the valley.  It will take place June 4 at the Catamount Ranch and Club kicking things off this year. The Y.E.S. Golf Tournament and Mixer will be held a few days later, on June 6 at the Rollingstone Ranch.

The Steamboat Golf Shoot-Out, which is presented by the Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association, was started to raise money to help support the high school team. Today, the fundraiser has expanded to help support the boys and girls programs at Steamboat Springs High School, to support golfers in the PGA junior league program and boys and girls golf programs in Steamboat Springs. The money is also used  to provide college scholarships to a deserving boy and girl golfer in Routt County each year.

Cost to enter the tournament, which is a modified scramble, is $150 per player or $550 dollars for a four-person team. The deadline to enter is May 29, but Vanderbloemen advises players to register early because last year’s tournament filled up. The event will begin with an 11 a.m. shotgun start June 4. Golfers seeking more information or wanting to sign up can call Vanderbloemen at 970-846-8014.

The Y.E.S. Golf Tournament and Mixer will offer golfers another early season event.

“This is the 30th year,” organizer Sarah Leonard said of the Y.E.S Golf Tournament, which raises funds to award scholarships to graduating seniors across Routt County. “The money goes to graduating Routt County seniors, and it is usually a combo between South Routt, Hayden and Steamboat, and then we also do two scholarships for renewal scholarships.”

The money from the tournament provides four $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors and two renewal scholarships for students who are already in college. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Young Professionals Network teamed up to host the event.

Registration for the Y.E.S. event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6, is already open. It is a mixed scramble event featuring four-, and five-person teams. The five-person squads must include a woman, and teams will be limited to two players with a handicap of 12 or less.

The cost is $135 per person, and includes golf cart, a swag bag and post-tournament food. Players can register at and find the Y.E.S. Golf tournament under the calendar. From there a link will lead to a registration page.

James McDougall, the director of golf at the Rollingstone Ranch, said the course is also expected to host the Rally in the Valley golf tournament in July, a tournament benefiting Advocates Building Peaceful Communities in August and the Moose is Loose on Sept. 26.

Haymaker is also expecting a busy season filled with both charity and competitive events. Those events included the Cory Voyek Memorial tournament on June 9, Steiner Cup match play event July 14 to 15 and July 21 to 22, Glow Ball event Aug. 11,  Fall Classic Sept. 8 to 9 and Final-Final on Oct. 6.

The course will also be the sight of Cobweb Classic May 19 to 20, the junior club championships on Aug. 3 and the Parent Child-Championship on Aug. 5.

In addition to the Steamboat Golf Shoot-Out Catamount will host the Ski Town Golf Classic on June 15, a tournament benefiting Young Life on Sept. 6, Golf Trout Tournament on  Sept. 9 and a RMD/USSA golf tournament on Sept. 21.

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

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