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Roche Construction wins last Watson/McCaffrey

BRECKENRIDGE – With a two-day total score of 116, Team Roche Construction walked away from the farewell Watson/McCaffrey Golf Classic last weekend with a victory. The players – Bill Boyd, Jerry Wones, Doug Ewald, Leonard Wiest and celebrities Robb Nelson and Gary Ballman – won the grand prize: six three-night stays at one of 11 RockResorts in the United States, provided by Vail Resorts. American Airlines will provide airfare.

They managed to score 58 each day for a one-stroke lead over second-place team Amber Homes. Amber was represented by Jim Hamson, Mark Campbell, Tim Gagen and Mark Burnett, with celebrities Barry Helton and Mike Curtis.

The tournament was held at Breckenridge Golf Club and at The Raven at Three Peaks in Silverthorne, with 47 teams participating. Each team consisted of a foursome with two celebrities, one celebrity for each day of play.

Taking third-place honors this year with a two-day score of 117 was Merchants Management’s foursome of Paul Casey, David Blakley, Floyd Youngblood and Hayden Woods. They played with celebrities Charles Young and Johnny Davis.

Fourth place went to Credit Investments with a two-day score of 118. Playing were Tom Scheibaum, Casey Graham, Russ Dampier and Otto Hilbert, with celebrities Mike Curtis and Rob Ramage. Team Wildernest took fifth place with a two-day score of 118. Team members were Casey Snyder, Dave Visle, Brett Snyder and Tony Snyder and celebrities Louie Kelcher and Doug English.

Ted Laudick won the individual prize for closest to pin on the third hole in Breckenridge. Sue Miller was awarded longest drive on the ninth hole, and Richard Wallace took the longest drive on hole two.

Longest putt on hole five was made by Doug Papillion

At The Raven course, closest to the pin honors went to Tony Harris on hole four. Steve Anderson won the longest drive on the ninth.

Mike Dudick hit the longest drive on Hole 16, and the longest putt on hole 18 was made by Jack Evans.

Stan Whittaker won most accurate drive on the second hole. All winners received prizes and gift certificates.

This was the last tournament using the name of Steve Watson and Ed McCaffrey. But the event will live on as one of more than 20 stops in the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic Tour.

Over the past 15 years, the Watson/McCaffrey event has raised more than $1 million for the Summit Foundation and regional branches of the Arthritis Foundation, Hope for the Children and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. That aspect of the event will be maintained through the 23-year-old NFL Alumni, which donates to organizations such as Ronald McDonald Houses, Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, major disease foundations, children’s homes and pediatric hospitals.

As an Alumni Tour stop, Summit County will host one of the single-day, 18-hole scramble tournaments that are held from January through November each year. The tournaments are played at courses across the country, teaming amateur golfers with celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and even the U.S. space program. Winning teams from each tournament will compete in the Super Bowl of Golf in the spring.

For more information on the 2002 Watson/McCaffrey Golf Classic, call (970) 453-9679. For information on the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic Tournament, contact its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at (954) 492-1220.

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