All smiles

Immediate and extended family members of Nate Carrigan were all smiles at the Second Annual Nate Carrigan Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament recently held at Collegiate Peaks Golf Course in Buena Vista. Almost 50 golfers participated to raise scholarship funds for local high school students. The event was hosted by the Park County Sheriff’s Office and was originally initiated by Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw. (Photo by Wendy Kipple)

A good time was had by all who participated in the Second Annual Nate Carrigan Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament Aug. 13 at Collegiate Peaks Golf Course in Buena Vista.

Almost 50 golfers competed – some more efficiently and effectively than others – in a best-ball format with all proceeds going to benefit scholarships for four Park County high school seniors to be selected during the spring of 2021.

“We should have about $2,800 per student in scholarship funds, even though numbers were slightly down this year due to COVID-19,” said Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw. “It was a great day for golf. We gave out a lot of cool prizes this year, and the Carrigan family seemed to be having a whole lot of fun out there and that’s always an awesome thing to see.”

The scholarships are awarded to students for the purpose of attending college, trade schools or the vocational pursuits of their choosing. 

Initially, the scholarships were to be distributed to two students in the Bailey area, and two students from the South Park area. 

Last year, however, only one student from the  South Park area applied, so three of the four scholarships were awarded to Bailey-area students.

The tournament was initiated by McGraw for the dual purpose of honoring former Park County Deputy Nate Carrigan, who was killed in the line of duty Feb. 24, 2016, and providing financial assistance to deserving Park County students who wish to continue educational pursuits beyond high school. 

Additionally, the Park County Sheriff’s Office hosts an annual ceremony whereby friends and family members of Carrigan gather at the Bailey Sheriff’s Office Substation to honor his memory.

McGraw has stated that he believes it is vitally important that Carrigan’s heroic actions never be forgotten, and that Carrigan’s family members continue to receive support from the Park County Sheriff’s Office and the community at large. 

Both the annual remembrance ceremony and the golf tournament have been exceptionally well-attended events since being initiated and hosted by McGraw and his staff.

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