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Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary golf tournament

Kim Doose

Luckily for the residents of Battlement Mesa, Sheriff Lou Vallario, who was clad in a genuine black and white jail jumpsuit, was joking when he threatened to give the Sheriff’s golf tournament a live shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Instead, all anyone heard was an appeal to have fun.

In 1995, the people of Battlement Mesa implemented a concept in community policing and crime prevention that uses volunteers who are trained and who work with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department to bring a sense of security and safety to its citizens.

“We’re the eyes and ears for the Sheriff’s Department, but we don’t pack heat,” said Bob Campbell, deputy commander of the auxiliary.

Last Sunday 100 men and seven ladies played in the Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary golf tournament at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course to support the cause.

The team from the Glenwood Springs Police Department ” chief Terry Wilson, detective John Hassell, officer Paul Pedersen and Chris McComas ” won the tournament. Pedersen added another exclamation point to his day by winning the longest drive award.

Although the 27 teams were not made up entirely of law enforcement officers, everyone liked the 8th hole crime scene, which had an outline of a dead body. A hole in one promised a trip to Puerto Rico and although no one aced it, a few golfers humbly admitted that their shot would have gotten them two nights in DeBeque.

So it’s true, fairways bring out all kinds of colorful quotes and wisdom about the game. For instance, it is believed that the sport is called golf because all the other four-letter words were taken, and the reason some people like scrambles is that even bad golfers have fun.

As for the women’s team that played on Sunday, it was there to keep the men honest and also won the award for the team that had the most fun.

So the ladies will forgive the man who gave golf the acronym “guys only, ladies forbidden.”

But he needs to take a mulligan for it.

From left, Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary volunteers Jack Blankenship of Battlement Mesa, retired; Erma Campbell of Battlement Mesa, office manager at the Sheriff’s Auxiliary; and Bob Campbell of Battlement Mesa, co-chief of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary.

Winners who had the best gross team score, from left: Stanley Wales of Rifle works for Wilson Custom Homes; Mark Fergen of Rifle owns Mountain Air Mechanical; Troy Wilson of Silt owns Wilson Custom Homes; and Bobby Henderson of Eagle owns Network Interiors.

Keeping the men honest were, from left, Connie Stiers of Battlement Mesa, retired; Sue Knuth of Battlement Mesa, retired; Joan Culbertson of Battlement Mesa, who is retired and won longest putt for the women; and Lynda Prendergast of Battlement Mesa, who is a special education teacher at Rifle High School.

From left, Chris McDowell of Basalt, a physical therapist; David Kelly of Basalt, an attorney; Todd Slossberg of Carbondale, a chef at the Hotel Jerome; and Dave Weidmann of Glenwood, a physical therapist.

From left, the Holy Cross Energy foursome: Ted Jessup of Rifle, Tim Charlton of Carbondale, Dave Church of Rifle and Craig Murray of New Castle.

Retirees from Battlement Mesa, from left, Gordon Elliott, Doug Rose, Chuck Hall and Fred Inman.

Tournament organizers, from left, Sandy Vallario of Glenwood; and Lynda White of Glenwood and April Middleton of Battlement Mesa, who are co-office managers at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

From left, David Sarver of Basalt, a sales representative for Sandy’s Office Supply and winner of two nights at Casa Blanca in Mesquite; Bill Dillon of El Jebel, a loan officer for Estate Financial Services; and Michael Stott of Battlement Mesa, who owns Estate Financial Services

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