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Whitehead Adult-Junior Tournament tees off Monday

Chris Freud

On Memorial Day, Cordillera Valley and Short Courses host the second annual Tom Whitehead Adult-Junior Golf Tournament.

“It’s a family day on the golf course. It’s an adult-child tournament so hopefully, we have lots of parents playing with their kids,” said Mary Ann Lebo, who serves as the secretary and treasurer for the Tom Whitehead Junior Golf Foundation.

“You don’t have to be rip-roaring, ready to play golf,” Whitehead board member Ken Wilson said. “You can go to the par-3 course and have a nice day at it.”

A nine-hole tournament at the Short Course is available for younger or less-experienced players for $100 per team. More advanced golfers can take to the Valley Course for an 18-hole scramble competition for $200 per team.

All entry fees include greens fees, carts and a barbeque. There will be trophies for first-, second-, and third-place winners in each division. Toss in door prizes, and awards for longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and holes-in-one.

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The tournament will serve as a fund-raiser for the Tom Whitehead Junior Golf Foundation, which plays an active role in junior golf in Eagle County. The foundation puts on the Tom Whitehead Junior Tournament at the Vail Golf Club each June. It raises money to help out the Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain golf teams. The foundation is also involved in golf-enrichment and after-school programs, which help raise interest in youth golf. And on Monday, the foundation will be awarding two college scholarships for Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain seniors, who are interested in furthering their career in the game of golf.

The program was founded in honor of Tom Whitehead, a local realtor, who died in 1982. His friends thought that an organization which focused on kids and golf would be a perfect way to remember him.

“His father and some people got together and thought about what would be Tommy’s legacy in the valley,” Wilson said. “Everybody thought junior golf.”

For more information on the Tom Whitehead Adult-Junior Golf Tournament, call Lebo at (970) 524-6431

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