$3,125 Raised for Junior Golf

Estes Park Golfers Raise $3,125 for Estes Valley Junior Golf Program

Five golfers from Estes Park—Mark Miller, Austin Logan, Tim Hull, Brad Doggett and Rene Archambault—spent Tuesday, October 17, 2017 playing golf at the Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course, one of two courses managed by the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District.

But the men didn’t do it to play hooky from work. And they weren’t escaping the duties of chores at home. They were there to raise money for the Estes Valley Junior Golf program.
And it was, thankfully, a beautiful day to play a round of golf.

“We have played in wind, rain and snow before during this golf marathon but this was just about the most perfect weather we have ever had for this event,” said Mark Miller, Manager of Golf Services.

But these men, all members of the Estes Park Men’s Golf Association, didn’t play just one round of golf. Their goal was to start at sunrise and play until sunset.

“We played 450 holes,” said Mark Miller, Manager of Golf Services. “We finished the day at about 3:30 p.m. after five complete rounds because we maxed out the potential pledges.”

The men started playing the 23rd Annual Golf Marathon at 7 a.m. just as the first rays of light were hitting the mountain peaks surrounding the course. The air was hovering around 48 degrees and the elk were even still on the course wondering why golfers were out so early.

These experienced golfers—all have been playing golf for twenty years or more—finished their first round of play in 90 minutes. They were cruising through the 18 holes of the Estes Park Golf course, which typically takes about three to four hours to complete.

Donors could make bronze, silver or gold pledges. Pars, birdies and eagles (golf lingo for the number of strokes it takes to complete a hole on the course) were each worth a various amount—from five cents to 75 cents each.

In total, the men raised $3,125 for Estes Valley Junior Golf, a program dedicated to providing golf programs that are safe, affordable and enjoyable for children ages 6 to 17, and to deliver these programs with a high level of professionalism and expertise. Through these programs, participants may also receive safe golf equipment at no charge with the hope of upgrading the equipment as the child grows.

“Golf is a great sport for children,” said Mr. Miller. “It teaches important life skills, such as self-discipline, high self-esteem, character, etiquette, sound values, positive relationships and good sportsmanship.”

If you are interested in making a donation to the Estes Valley Junior Golf program or would like more information about getting your child involved in Junior Golf, contact Mark Miller at mark@evrpd.com or 970-586-8146.