Golf tourneys, rec programs, vintage baseball
at Rifle Creek
Close to 100 golfers participated in Rifle Creek Golf Course’s season-opening, best-ball and chapman-format tournament on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4.
In the championship flight, the team of Tim and Ben Holschuh took first in gross scoring, with Joe Elliott and Doug Choate finishing second. In net scoring, Kyle and Tod Smith finished first, with David Lawien and Sey Johnson the runners-up.
In first-flight play, Earl Cherry and John Savage won the gross-scoring title. Scott Fenske and Larry Strangeland won in net scoring. Second-flight winners included John Elmer and Brandyn Bair in gross scoring, with Casey Bates and Clint Hostettler winning the net-scoring title for the flight.
Mountain Air Charity Golf Tournament
The 11th annual Mountain Air Charity Golf Tournament will take place at 12:30 p.m. May 17 at Rifle Creek Golf Course.
Tournament proceeds will sponsor Garfield County Search & Rescue. Registration is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Charitable contributions to the organization will also be accepted.
Information: Mountain Air Mechanical, 625-4352.
Hershey Track Meet
The annual Hershey Track and Field meet will make its return to Rifle at 10 a.m. on June 1 at Bears Stadium.
The national program includes events such as the softball throw, standing long jump, relays, sprint and distance running events. Participants can be from ages 9 to 14. Children from age 3 to 8 will be invited to participate, but will not be eligible for state competition.
Winners can advance to state and national competitions. Registration is free.
The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a new Tiny Tumblers program for children ages 2 to 4.
Tiny Tumblers offers parents a break while the toddlers learn balance, flexibility and have lots of daytime fun. Classes are conducted Tuesday mornings from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the New Castle Community Center through May 28. The fee is $25 for four classes. Information/registration: 984-3352 or newcastlerec.com.
Annual Walk/Run For Their Lives 5K
The sixth annual Walk/Run For Their Lives 5K will take place on Saturday, June 1, at the Stoney Ridge Ball Field in Silt.
The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is a benefit for the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation. The foundation rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned animals. There will also be an open house and yard sale following the race on the foundation property, which is free to all runners and $10 for others.
Preregistration is $20, and race-day registration is $25.
Information: Sandy, (970) 987-3593.
Vintage Base Ball
The New Castle Recreation Department will host a vintage base ball tournament as part of the town’s 125th anniversary celebration June 15 at VIX Ranch Park.
The tournament will be played using the base ball rules and equipment from the late 19th century. Individual registration is accepted, and teams will be formed following a rules clinic on May 19. Participants receive a uniform top and cap to replicate the ones worn by the New Castle Blues, which played teams from around the region.
Registration is $40 and includes a uniform top, ball cap, rules clinic and practices along with lunch, snacks and beverages during the tournament.
Information/registration: newcastlerec.com or 984-3352.
Play it Forward soccer tournament
The fifth-annual Emily Johnson Play it Forward 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament will take place June 7 to 9 at Gates Soccer Park on Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus, south of Glenwood Springs.
Proceeds from the tournament support three scholarships given to high school seniors in the name of Emily Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School student who was killed in an ATV accident in 2008.
Play begins at 8 a.m. June 8 and continues through June 9 for the U8 through U18 age groups. Adult and coed divisions are also available, and a competitive and recreational division will be included.
All-Star exhibition games featuring all-league award winners in the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope Leagues will be held on June 7. The boys game will be played at 5 p.m. June 7, with the girls game following at 7 p.m.
Cost per team is $150 or $25 per player. The fee includes a three-game guarantee, a tournament goody bag and a tournament T-shirt.
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