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Trashy field ready for Trashmasters

Aspen Times Staff Report

Imagine yourself standing on the 18th tee, a par 5, ready to play the last hole of a most prestigious tournament. You’re down 21, but you haven’t given up hope just yet. There still might be a chance.

Your drive goes off a rock, bounces along the cart path, hits a tree and bounces off a bridge into the water. You’re off to a perfect start.

You take the requisite penalty stroke and purposely drop the ball in rough about seven inches deep. From the bad lie, you hit a shot that skips across the water into a fairway bunker.

Your fourth shot, however, you hit nearly perfectly out of the sand to within two feet of the cup, and then you hole out for a par. Of course, as you are a duffer with a large handicap, it’s a net eagle. Bonus points And, since you just made a Rockie, Willie, Barkie, Jerrie, Drinkie, Seve, Skippie, Sandie, Super Stiffie, Net Eagle, you earned 18 trash points and at least four bonus points, enough to give you the win.

Welcome to the Trashmasters, the world’s most unique golf tournament.

This year’s edition of the popular tournament will tee off at the Snowmass Club Golf Course on Aug. 12-13 with a field of 144 competitors from all over the world playing in four different divisions: men’s, women’s, seniors and the championship flight.

The tournament’s scoring system allots trash points for various bizarre and unusual events, rather than on the basis of low scores.

“This is not your ordinary golf outing by any means,” said Pat Pollan of Houston, the winner of last year’s championship flight.

In addition to the aforementioned items of trash, points are awarded for everything from the routine (birdies and greenies) to the irreverent (Jerries – hitting foreign objects with your ball – are named for former President Gerald Ford, and Billies – named for President Clinton – are earned when a player has a lie so bad that it endangers his reputation).

During its life span the Trashmasters has garnered much attention from both the local and national press.

Articles on the tournament have appeared in Golf Digest, Golfweek and The Denver Post, among others. And both NBC and CBS affiliates have done stories for television.

With the publicity has come added popularity for the event, and this year such celebrities as Michael Douglas and Robert Wagner are expected to be in attendance. Scholarship fund Proceeds from the Trashmasters benefit the Roaring Fork Valley Scholarship Fund, a charity organization that awards scholarships to local youth in need of financial assistance. Last year, the Trashmasters donated more than $35,000 to the worthy cause.

There will be a players’ reception and registration Thursday night, and then all the action begins Friday morning.

The Honorable Judge William Lippman will conduct a swearing-in ceremony and instruct the participants to play “The trash, the whole trash and nothing but the trash, so help you golf.”


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