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Saturday Series tees off at Red Sky

Andrew Harley
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The next best thing to being a PGA professional is having one on your team, which is something that 56 amateurs had the pleasure of experiencing at the Sungate Saturday Series Pro-Am at Red Sky Ranch on Saturday afternoon.Sam Randolph, Kevin Stadler, Scott Gump, Ken Green, Dan Pohl, Gary Hallberg, Dan Forsman, Barry Jaeckel, Jack Renner, Scott Hend, Chip Beck, Dave Rummels, Jay Williamson and Spike McRoy showed up to play with the amateurs.The pros at Red Sky on Saturday included players who didn’t make the cut at The International tournament at Castle Pines Golf Club.

“It’s bittersweet. You wanna be playing the weekend at Castle Pines, but to be able to do something great for charity and for the kids is worth it,” McRoy said. “You’d be amazed at how hard it is to get into one of these. You have only so many spots open, and everybody wants to do it. It’s good for us. It’s good for everyone.”The tournament was held on the Tom Fazio-designed course in Wolcott.The 18-hole event gathered 14 teams to compete for charity – Colorado’s Sungate. Each team combined four amateurs with a different PGA pro per nine holes in a point-based competition.The net under-par score of each individual at the end of each hole was counted for points – one point for a birdie, two for an eagle.

The winning team earned an invitation to the year-end finals at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., to compete against other Saturday Series Pro-Am winners.Sungate came out the true winners as the organization got to split the proceeds with Saturday Series organizers Hallberg Golf Productions.”We do forensic interviews with children who are alleging abuse. We provide them with a safe, neutral place and trained forensic interviewers to tell their stories to,” said Sungate Executive Director Diana Goldberg. “So, we work hand-and-glove with law enforcement, human services, but we’re an independent, neutral facility. And, our interviewers are not looking for an answer, they’re just trying to help find out what happened.”



Sungate was very thankful to have the PGA’s support.”Having PGA players out here, makes this tournament what it is. We are the only Pro-Am of this kind in Colorado,” said Goldberg. “It’s a really wonderful way to get more people interested in the tournament and the cause.”Andrew Harley can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or at aharley@vaildaily.com.


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