22nd Trashmasters kicks off July 24 in Snowmass

The 22nd annual Trashmasters Invitational is slated for July 24 and 25 at the Snowmass Club. The wacky golf tournament attracts a full field of players from all over the country in pursuit of the coveted “gold jacket.” RMC is the title sponsor.

The event kicks off with the “Magic of Aloha” party on July 24 at the Black Saddle, and the tournament starts with a cannon blast at 9 a.m. July 25. All events are at the Snowmass Club. This year’s celebrity guest is six-time Denver Bronco pro-bowler Karl Mecklenburg, who played from 1984 to 1996.

Billed as “the world’s most unique golf tournament,” Trashmasters’ format rewards the strange and bizarre events as they occur during a round of golf, Chairman Jeffrey Sivess said.

“Indeed, it’s a hoot,” Director Phil McKeague said.

The event benefits the Trashmasters Scholarship Fund, which has helped more than 50 students from the Roaring Fork Valley graduate from college. More than $1.5 million has been awarded over the years.

Boone Schweitzer, Trashmasters founder and chairman for the past 21 years, is stepping down as chairman of the board and handing the reins over to Sivess, a longtime board member.

“It’s been a lot of fun, and we have emerged as the No. 1 homegrown charity in the valley. I am really looking forward to participating for a change,” said Schweitzer, who is being honored with the “Leonardo” Most Distinguished Trashmaster Award.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are John and Pam Borders, of Dallas. The Borderses have supported the charity for many years and spend most of their summers in Snowmass Village. Hollywood legend and Hall of Famer Robert Wagner will be on hand to make the presentations on July 24.

For more information, call Phil McKeague at 970-379-8879 or visit