Keystone Ranch Golf Course hosts eighth annual Brad Odekirk Memorial Tournament |

Keystone Ranch Golf Course hosts eighth annual Brad Odekirk Memorial Tournament

Alex Brown of Silverthorne swings from the fairway on hole 10 at the Keystone Ranch course Friday during the Brad Odekirk Memorial Tournament.
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The Keystone Ranch Golf Course kicked off the fall season Friday by hosting the eighth annual Brad Odekirk Memorial Golf Tournament.

Odekirk was a Summit Daily News photographer from 1994 to 2006 and was well regarded in the community. He died in 2006 at age 41 as a result of injuries suffered in a fall from a balcony at his Dillon home. Family and friends organized the annual golf scramble in his honor.

“It’s a way to bring people together,” Odekirk’s cousin Alex Brown said Friday during his round.

The tournament raises money for the Brad Odekirk Memorial Fund.

Run through The Summit Foundation, the fund annually awards scholarships to two Summit High School graduates looking to pursue a career in photography. The tournament annually raises about $4,000 dollars for the fund.

“It means a lot to us as a family to have this scholarship,” Odekirk’s father, Dr. Larry Odekirk, said Friday. “One of (Brad’s) passions was taking photos of kids at the high school.”

Following a brief speech by the elder Odekirk, in which he read a thank-you note from a scholarship recipient, family, friends and about 35 golfers took to the course to enjoy a day on the links in Odekirk’s honor.

“This was his spot,” Brown said, taking time on the 10th hole to remember his cousin, who enjoyed both playing and shooting photos at the Ranch course. “Brad was a quiet, gentle person. He had a way of making you feel comfortable.”

Brown said Odekirk spent the day before he died golfing at the Ranch.

“He shot an 82 the day he died,” he said, adding that it was Odekirk’s personal best on the course.

The foursome of John Anderson, John David Anderson, Steve Patterson and Russ Welker took top honors in Friday’s scramble, shooting 8 under par (64) as a team.

“It was awesome,” Patterson said after the round. “The golf course was in excellent condition.”

Odekirk’s father, joined by his other son Todd, echoed the sentiment. “We had a great day.”

With snow starting to fall on the high mountain peaks, September is widely considered one of the best months to golf in Summit County. Area courses are offering reduced rates, and there are typically smaller crowds to go with the cooler temperatures.

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