RACC will continue with the model launched in 2017 of returning 100% of net proceeds of the event, including sponsorships and donations, directly to the local business community. Sponsors and players are directly advancing the local business community and the community as a whole.
Last year’s proceeds provided small matching grants to brick-and-mortar members for outside upgrade projects. These external improvements positively impact the entire business community and were awarded to the Sherbino Theatre, Provisions Cafe and Citizens State Bank in Ridgway.
The profits from the 2018 tournament will go to launch the Ridgway Youth Apprenticeship Program. The Chamber recognizes that local business success is predicated on local talent. As a community, our first priority talent pipeline should be our local students. In an effort to support our local businesses' long-term, talent pipeline and better connect our youth with the business community, the Chamber will be launching the Youth Apprenticeship Program.
The scholarship amounts and the number of available apprenticeships will be entirely determined by the proceeds from this year's Ridgway Chamber Open, so please come out and play, sponsor and support! Please see below for more details on this important new initiative.
8:00am - Registration and Breakfast-to-go
9:00am - Shotgun start
Following tournament play - Awards Celebration and a "Taste of Ridgway" lunch at the beautiful Divide Ranch & Club clubhouse with food from our local businesses and live music with David Nunn!
The mature, award-winning golf course that’s the centerpiece for Divide Ranch & Club offers 7,039 yards of challenging play. It also offers some of the most extraordinary views imaginable.
The 18-hole tournament is a shotgun start, scramble format. Here's how the scramble format works (using 4-person teams):
The team’s designated “captain” has the final say on ball choice during play. They are also entrusted with keeping the play moving, ensuring the accuracy of the team score cards and signing off on the team’s final score.
Mulligans are available for purchase ($10/each and limit 2 per player, 8 per team). Purchase can be made directly during the online registration process.
The most important thing is that folks have fun! ☺
There are prize opportunities from first to last place, so everyone really does win!
Local business success is predicated on local talent. In an effort to support our local businesses' long-term, talent pipeline and better connect our youth with the business community, the Chamber will be launching the Ridgway Youth Apprenticeship Program.
The program will provide scholarship-based apprenticeships to students from Ridgway Schools during the summer between their junior and senior year. The apprenticeships will be 4+ days per week for 6 weeks or more. Students will have a specific job with a local member business and will receive ongoing training and professional development above and beyond a traditional summer job. In exchange for providing training and professional development, the business will receive extra staffing capacity during the busy summer months at significantly less cost to the business than a traditional employee. Businesses will also be developing potential future talent/employees and supporting their community's youth. Youth will receive scholarship awards, real-world job training and professional development and a unique resume booster.
The scholarship dollar amounts and the number of available apprenticeships will be entirely determined by the proceeds from this year's Ridgway Chamber Open, so please come out and play, sponsor and support! We will announce the application and program structures following the tournament.
This is a small first step for the Chamber to better connect local business with local education, and one more reason to join the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce and join us for the Ridgway Chamber Open.
Sponsors directly advance the local business community and community as a whole. Most sponsorship tiers also include player registrations.
The Ridgway Chamber Open will have dozens of prizes and a new trophy! This includes team prizes for placement across the whole scoreboard from hole #1 to #18, as well as Hole-in-One and Longest Drive challenges. These are all made possible by the generous contributions from local business.
The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is open from May 1 through October 1 and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).
P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432