Forsberg to return for second Summit Foundation celebrity golf tournament
BRECKENRIDGE – After a successful inaugural tournament in 2004, Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg will return to Summit County, June 18-19, for the second annual Great West Peter Forsberg Celebrity Golf Tournament, the event’s co-beneficiary, the Summit Foundation, announced this week.Breckenridge Golf Club and the River Course at Keystone will host the event, while the Summit Foundation and Teammates for Kids will split the proceeds down the middle. Forsberg’s return is a success in itself for the tournament, which was headlined by former Denver Broncos wide receiver Steve Watson for 15 years before handing it off to the NFL Alumni Association in 2003.Forsberg, the 2003-2004 NHL MVP and scoring champion, was the featured celebrity in the event for the first time last year. The Summit Foundation’s special events and business developments director Åsa Armstrong said the success of the 2004 tournament was a direct result of Forsberg’s participation.
“We have a lot of hockey fans in Colorado,” Armstrong said. “And Peter has such a great reputation. He gave it some life.””Anytime you can have a sports celebrity with the caliber of Peter Forsberg, nothing but good things can come from that,” the Summit Foundation’s executive director Deb Edwards said. Forsberg is the only celebrity or professional athlete guaranteed to attend as of Thursday, but the Summit Foundation expects a large group of celebrities to confirm soon and tee it up in June.”Celebrities will be flown in from all over the country,” Armstrong said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of Avalanche players. They’re twiddling their thumbs right now.”
But hockey players won’t be the only professional athletes in Keystone and Breckenridge in June. Former and current NFL players and U.S. skiers will also try to keep it in the fairway.”We want as many great athletes as possible,” Armstrong said. “We want great people in Summit County. That’s what we had last year.”The tournament is open to the public, and entry is $3,000 per four-person team. Each foursome will be paired with a different celebrity each day. The fivesomes will play in a scramble format with handicaps only used for forming the teams. With a lack of professional football and hockey players in Summit, the tournament gives locals the rare chance to rub elbows with some of the elite athletes in the world.
“The celebrities are incredibly approachable,” Edwards said. “Everyone loves it.”For more information or to register, contact Armstrong at (970) 453-5970.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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