EAGLE — The Eagle Chamber of Commerce will host its 17th annual Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament on Friday at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club in Eagle. Proceeds from the event and the after party will benefit the Eagle Chamber’s High School Scholarship Fund.
The tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club. The tournament is currently full with 128 participants, the largest this event has been in several years.
The tournament also includes a $10,000 Putting Contest and an Audi A5 Convertible, donated by Elk Mountain Motors in Glenwood Springs, for a hole-in-one prize.
Eagle Chamber Executive Members, CenturyLink, Eagle Ranch Village, the town of Eagle and Red Development are sponsors of this year’s tournament.
“Among the many new initiatives and programs the Eagle Chamber has embarked on this year, the board made it a priority to grow this event to its fullest potential in 2013,” said Joe Knabel, chamber board member and chairman of the golf tournament. “Our Scholarship Fund was stable, but we wanted to increase the funds in order to offer more scholarships to more local high school students.”
After the golf is over, the festivities continue at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course Club House with an apres party and awards ceremony.
All golf participants, participant spouses and all Eagle Chamber members are invited to attend the apres party. The party will include music from The Great Divide band, both live and silent auctions, complimentary Screaming Eagle Sliders and sides from Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que, and Bonfire Brewing’s Screaming Eagle Special Ale.
“Screaming Eagle Special Ale is a result of a collaboration between the Eagle Chamber and Bonfire Brewing, as are the Screaming Eagle Sliders with Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que,” said Eagle Chamber board member Mick Daly. “It’s a great example of how chamber member businesses can work together to create a win-win for all parties involved.”
And it is a win-win when $1 of every Screaming Eagle Special Ale six-pack sold and 10 percent of every keg sold goes back to the Eagle Chamber Scholarship Fund.
Any high school senior in the valley who is planning to attend an institute, university or college of higher education is eligible for this scholarship.
Applicants must complete the Eagle Chamber Scholarship Fund Application & Essay found at www.eaglechamber.co and submit it to the Eagle Chamber Board of Directors for review. Applications are due in February of each year, reviewed and awarded the following May.
The Eagle Chamber Scholarship committee interviewed more than 12 applications for this years’ Eagle Chamber Scholarship (funded by money raised at the 2012 Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament) and found it difficult to narrow the choices down to only three recipients.
“I came away from the interviews with these young adults very impressed and assured that our future is in good hands,” said Eagle Chamber Board President Jim Ash. “Some of these students have a 4.5 grade point average and are well-rounded with a great sampling of extracurricular activities. In the end, we decided we needed to raise more money so we could award more scholarship to more of these well-deserving students”
It was at that time that CenturyLink stepped up and offered the money for a fourth scholarship allowing the Eagle Chamber to award four scholarships, two at $1,500 and two at $1,000.
This year’s scholarships were awarded at the Scholarship Awards Night at Eagle Valley High School on Wednesday.
For more information on the Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament or the Eagle Chamber Scholarship Fund, visit www.eaglechamber.co or call the Eagle Chamber Office at 970-306-2262.