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Peter the Great helps Soul of the Summit

MICHAEL ATKINSsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Reid Williams National Hockey League great Peter Forsberg admires his drive from the first tee of the Raven At Three Peaks Saturday, kicking off the start of the Summit Foundation's annual fundraising scramble tournament.
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The Great-West Peter Forsberg Celebrity Golf Tournament finished up Sunday in Breckenridge having raised more than $90,000 for charity.The two-day tournament, headlined by Colorado Avalanche superstar Peter Forsberg, attracted 52 teams comprised of four players each. Competitors played at both the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks and the Breckenridge Golf Club.”The tournament was a great success,” said Erroll Miller, Breck Golf Club’s head pro and tournament director. “The weather stayed good both days, especially compared to how it has been here in Summit County over the past week. The tournament went very smooth, and all of the comments from the participants have been quite favorable.”

In its 17th year of existence, the event benefited both The Summit Foundation and Step Right Up For Kids, Forsberg’s personal foundation that benefits children’s charities in Colorado and abroad. This year is the first year, however, that the tournament has had Forsberg as its featured celebrity. Forsberg, the 2003-04 NHL scoring leader and league MVP, joined 34 other celebrities at the event. “Its been a great weekend,” said Forsberg, a native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. “It was great to come up here and play two great golf courses and help with the foundations.”The Grand Timber Lodge-sponsored group of Breckenridge residents Rob Millisor, Mike Millisor, Mike Hayes and Pete Hanigan won the team competition. The team members, all Breckenridge residents, joined celebrities Brian Fisher, a former New York Yankee, and Ryan Stewart, a former Winnipeg Jet hockey player, to tally a total score of 116. The team shot 57 on Saturday and 59 on Sunday in the scramble competition.

“As always, the staffs at both golf courses did a wonderful job,” Rob Millisor said. “The volunteers were exceptional and it was a great event once again.”The overall team competition was not the only contest of this weekend’s tournament, while organizers also offered features such as the skills challenge, putting contest, longest drive and closest to pin shots. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend came when Bunny Johnson, paired with Forsberg, nailed a hole-in-one at the 14th hole on the Raven course on Saturday.Asa Armstrong, the Summit Foundation’s special events director, said Forsberg helped attract many participants to the tournament.”Having Peter Forsberg come in helped the turnout tremendously,” said Armstrong, a fellow native of Sweden. “I also think the Breckenridge Golf Course and the Raven, along with the support we get from the community and how we can provide for the celebrities all are key components to the success of this event.”Armstrong also noted that about 50 percent of the teams were new to the tournament. Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake agreed with Armstrong that the new participants, celebrities and sponsors bring a lot to Summit.

“This is another great event for a great town,” Blake said. “It brings a lot of people who are able to enjoy the area and learn how much there is to offer here. And the proceeds of the tournament get turned back to organizations that deserve it. It’s a fun weekend and a great result.”Along with the Breckenridge and Raven golf courses, primary sponsors of the annual event are United Airlines and Beaver Run, as well as title sponsor Great-West.”This is an annual thing, and next year hopefully they can do the same thing again,” Forsberg said. “I think we had success this year and hopefully raised a lot of money for the foundations.”Miller shared those sentiments.”Certainly the draw of an athlete of Peter Forsberg’s stature is a great draw, and because of the support of the participants, the two fundraising entities are certainly going to have a nice payday,” Miller said. “We’re looking forward already to next year, the players and participants coming back and raising even more money for charity.”


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