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Rally in the Valley offers golfers chance to contribute to worthy cause

Ginna Riggall chips onto the green at the Rally in the Valley golf tournament Tuesday morning at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. The long-running event, which appears to be coming to an end, raises money for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. Riggall was playing with Cathleen Albert, left, and Jane Videtich, right, and Barb Dearing, not pictured. The group, which traveled to Steamboat form south of Denver, won the women's division.
John F. Russell

— The Rally in the Valley, a long-running Steamboat Springs summer tradition, will return to the greens and fairways of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club Tuesday, July 12.

The tournament, now in its 17th year, was started by local golfer Linda Danter as a Rally For the Cure event in 1999. The event was organized by the local women’s golf association and was limited to women in its first year. It took place at the 9-hole Steamboat Golf Club west of Steamboat Springs.

As the tournament grew, it was moved to the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club where the field was expanded to include both men and women, and a second shotgun start was added to accommodate more golfers. The event also included a silent auction to help raise money for local causes.

In the beginning, tournament proceeds were split between the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The tournament enjoyed exponential growth both in the number of golfers taking part and the amount of money raised, and eventually, proceeds from the tournament were directed to local organizations and to help women dealing with breast cancer in the Yampa Valley.

The grassroots event was a huge success, but several years ago, Danter realized that she could no longer commit the time to keep the event running. She stepped down as director in 2013 and handed the event over to longtime volunteer Robin Crossan.

Crossan agreed to run the tournament for a couple of years after Danter retired but was also looking for new blood to take over the event. Those efforts were met with limited success and last summer it appeared that the Rally in the Valley had run out of steam and would come to an end.

That’s when the Rollingstone Ranch staff decided that the cause was simply too important to walk away from, and they stepped in to take over the event.

“I’m really thankfull that the folks at Rollingstone agreed to take his event and run it,” Danter said. “The event reached all my expectations, and I never imagined that it would be as big a deal as it was, or that it would run this long.”

Mike Dunlop, golf professional at Rollingstone, is also happy that it continues.

“This was an event we didn’t want to see go away,” said Mike Dunlop, professional at the Rollingstone Ranch. “It’s a fun event that helps support some great causes. It was something that the staff looked forward to each summer, and it is a great event with strong local support.”

Dunlop admits that the event has been scaled back a bit, but the purpose and spirit of the tournament remain strong.

This year, there will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, and the field will be limited to the first 100 golfers. The $115 entry fee includes greens fees, practice range and lunch following the event.

The tournament stresses fun over competition and will feature a four-person scramble format. Dunlop said an award will be presented to the top golfer, but the other prizes will be given out in a drawing at the end of the event. He said every golfer has a chance of winning no matter how good, or not so good, they might be.

“We really want people to come out and have a good time,” Dunlop said. “The most important thing is that we keep this event going.”

Dunlop encourages golfers who want to take participate in Rally in the Valley to call the Rollingstone Ranch Pro Shop at 970-879-1391 by Sunday to secure a spot in the tournament.

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

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