Elbert County golf event is win for veterans

Inaugural tourney draws 122 players at Spring Valley

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The inaugural “Tee it Up for Veterans” golf tournament was held on July 11 at the Spring Valley Golf Club, drawing 122 participants in 31 teams. It was an unseasonably cold morning, with golfers and volunteers wrapped in heavy jackets and blankets trying to keep warm amid low temperature and blustery winds.
 
The tournament was planned and organized by Marti Crockett, a longtime member of Spring Valley. It took her, along with several dedicated staff members, several months to plan and execute the event. It was Crockett’s first tournament organization endeavor.
 
“I am a member of Spring Valley and call them my family,” said Crockett. “The staff are wonderful and extremely helpful. I could not have been held at a better, more accommodating course.”
 
The tournament raised money for the United Veterans Coalition of Colorado, a 501(c)(4) incorporated organization. The goal of the organization is to activate and represent member organizations, speaking with one unified voice in Colorado; to work with and educate state and federal elected and appointed public policy makers to ensure support for veteran issues and concerns; and to inform/educate Colorado citizens about the needs of veterans, active duty armed service members and their families.
 
Through the United Veterans Coalition of Colorado, funds will be funneled to one of their member organizations, Promise Ranch Therapies & Recreation based out of Castle Rock. Their vision is to serve and empower the community, including those with differing abilities, veterans, and families through healing with animals and the experiential nature of the ranch.
 
“I recently visited Promise Ranch and I saw a need for a bathroom remodel to make it wheelchair accessible,” said Crockett. “I thought perhaps an event like this could help them with this project.”
 
The event was a four-person scramble and awarded prizes for hole-in-one, closest to pin, longest drive, longest putt, and closest to zig-zag line. The event also hosted a silent auction and provided lunch for the players.
 
“I am very excited and pleased with the event,” said Crockett. “I was impressed with the enthusiasm and happiness I saw in all the attendees and their generosity even with the inclement weather, which doesn’t usually hamper too many golfers.”
 
 
Veterans, golf, Elbert County, Elizabeth, Spring Valley, Colorado, United Veterans Coalition of Colorado

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