Golf for hockey

Former midget hockey players benefit from tourney

For golf tournament organizer Melrose Kuusinen, the connection between the smooth greens at Catamount Ranch & Club and the smooth ice of the Howelsen Ice Arena is an easy one to make.

For the past three years, Kuusinen has organized the annual Midget Legacy Golf Tournament, which raises money for a college scholarship fund that is awarded to a graduating senior who played in the midget hockey program.

The tournament, which was started five years ago by Mike DeGroff, has grown each year and helps graduating seniors deal with the increasing costs of attending college.

Last year, the scholarship fund awarded seniors Chris Ruff, Daniel Coloccia and Randy Rule scholarships totaling more than $2,000.

This season, Kuusinen is hoping for another strong tournament to help support next spring's group of graduating hockey players.

"It's a great deal," Kuusinen said about the tournament. "It's a bargain for golfers who want to play at Catamount and benefits seniors in our programs."

This year's tournament will be Sept. 12 at the Catamount golf course and will begin at noon with a shotgun start.

The cost to enter the tournament is $110 and includes 18 holes of golf, a golf shirt and a barbecue.

The deadline to sign up is Thursday. Golfers can call Kuusinen at 846-3142 to enter or for more information.

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association will host its annual hockey swap from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at the community center.

The annual event benefits local youth hockey programs and is a great place to find bargains on hockey and skating equipment.

For more information, call Heidi Walker at 871-0063.

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