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Moonlight Basin to host charity golf tournament for injured bull riders

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By Doug Hare EBS Staff

BIG SKY – On Wednesday, July 26, the Reserve at Moonlight Basin will host the inaugural Big Sky PBR Golf Tournament benefitting the PBR Rider Relief Fund. Eighteen teams of four will partner with bull riders to play a nine-hole, five-person team scramble tournament with a shotgun start scheduled for 2 p.m. The registration fee covers four greens and cart fees, lunch, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and after the golf, there will be live music, happy hour specials, and a mechanical bull.

All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Rider Relief Fund, a nonprofit founded in 1998 that provides financial assistance to bull riders and bullfighters injured while competing or participating in bull riding events. Given the inherent risk of the sport, RRF has been helping injured bull riders cover the costs of lost earnings as well as negotiating with health care providers to minimize medical expenses.

“[We’ve] had such great success raising money for injured athletes during Big Sky PBR. The generosity of the community has been amazing,” said Jill vanEgmond, director of fund development for RRF. “We are excited to have an opportunity to connect with more of the community through our inaugural golf tournament … and grateful for the generosity of Moonlight Basin and the involvement of Outlaw Partners.” (Big Sky PBR is co-produced by Outlaw Partners, which also publishes EBS.)

The 777-yard, par 5 17th hole at The Reserve offers stunning views
of the North Summit Snowfield. PHOTO BY MATTHEW TURLEY

“Moonlight is thrilled to partner with the Big Sky PBR and Rider Relief Fund to bring an incredible afternoon of golf, live music, and philanthropy to our members and the community,” said Greg Wagner, director of golf at Moonlight Basin and head PGA professional of the Reserve.

The seventh annual Big Sky PBR is a four-day community festival, and has been voted by touring bull riders as PBR’s Event of the Year the past four consecutive years. Last year, the event raised over $75,000 for charity with more than $20,000 going directly to PBR’s Rider Relief Fund.

Nestled against the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, the Reserve at Moonlight Basin is an 8,000-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course with majestic views of Lone Mountain, Fan Mountain, Cedar Mountain and the Spanish Peaks. Covering 1,200 acres mostly above 7,500 feet, the undulating alpine course was ranked the No. 2 Best New Private Course of 2016 by Golf Digest magazine.

To register for the event or for more information visit or contact Jill vanEgmond at (972) 804-9575.

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