Unique Golf Trout Tournament is back | SummitDaily.com

Unique Golf Trout Tournament is back

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Summit High School golfer Jimmy Keeling keeps his head down working on the short game at Keystone's Ranch Course Tuesday.

Cutthroat Anglers and the town of Silverthorne are bringing back the Golf Trout Tournament.Held in conjunction with the Blue River Festival, the tournament will feature a fly-fishing competition on the river and an 18-hole golf scramble at the Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club. It will be held Sept. 10-12 and will benefit the Blue River Restoration Project.

The tournament was born out of a collaboration between Cutthroat Anglers owner Trapper Rudd and Silverthorne town manager Kevin Batchelder. Rudd helped with the popular Copper Mountain Golf Trout Tournament held in the 1980s as a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research. For several years, Rudd has wanted to bring the tournament back to benefit the Blue River. “As a professional (fly-fishing) guide, you become a self-appointed river keeper and our interest is to help sustain the entire ecosystem,” he said. “This tournament is a neat combination to bring the two worlds (of fly-fishing and golf) together for a good cause.”

According to Batchelder, all proceeds from the tournament will be used to help finance construction of trout habitat improvements along a 4,310-foot-long stretch of the river through the heart of Silverthorne. The project is scheduled to begin next summer and is similar to one completed last year on a stretch of the river between the Dillon Dam and the Interstate 70 overpass. “We felt that project was quite successful,” Batchelder said. “We would like to continue to do those types of projects in the town of Silverthorne to maintain the Blue River’s gold medal status (as designated by the Division of Wildlife).”

According to town spokesperson Maggie Butler, the town needs to raise $85,000 to reach its goal of $350,000 for the project. The town has already committed $144,000. Another $120,000 was granted by the Division of Wildlife.The tournament is open to teams of four and will include a banquet and silent auction. The banquet will feature a gourmet dinner and beer tasting. Members of the public not participating in the tournament can attend the banquet for $50. Registration for teams is $1,000. Businesses can also sponsor a hole for $250.

For more information, contact Butler at (970) 262-7390. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.

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