CONWAY — The 31st Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team Golf Tournament will take center stage at Wentworth Golf Club on Friday, June 21.

This is a four-person scramble format. There are men's, women's and mixed teams.

Entry is $125 per player. This includes 18 holes of golf, cart, a T-shirt and dinner after golf at the Red Fox Bar and Grille.

A number of alumni of the team say the gold tournament brings back fond memories.

Kurt Niiler says: “The Mount Washington Valley Ski Team is unique in the ski racing world — it provides the opportunity to race at a high level without needing to attend a specialized academy. As the cost of ski racing continues to rise, events like the golf tournament help make the sport more accessible to local families. Our community has a rich skiing history dating back over 100 years, and this program gives future generations the skills they need to continue this tradition and perform at a world-class level. Being part of the MWVST gave me the chance to follow my interest in the sport to its greatest extent. This program allowed me to travel around the United States, earn a spot on Bates College's NCAA Div. I ski team and meet people that would ultimately become my closest friends. Years later, I find myself inspired to help others have the same experiences I had and currently work as a full-time coach for the U19/U21 men at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. If it wasn't for the MWVST, the extraordinary cost of ski racing would have surely kept me out of the sport — instead, it has resulted in a career and lifelong passion for me. I hope you consider coming out to play a round of golf to support such a great program and help continue the tradition of skiing excellence in the valley!”

Ashley Romagnoli: “The MWV Golf Tournament is a great day spent with so many people that support the athletes and the MWVST organization. As an alumni athlete and coach, I have experienced first-hand the impact of this event. As one of the biggest fundraising events for the team, athletes are awarded scholarships to help with financial costs and continue to enjoy their love for the sport of ski racing. The MWVST has been an instrumental part of my life, from local and FIS races, to reach the collegiate level, and then returning to be a member of the coaching staff post-grad.”

Jake Van Deursen: “In past years, the MWV Golf Tournament has been a great way to bring the valley’s entire ski community together. By reuniting longtime teammates and friends, the benefit serves as a great way to give back to a program that has shaped generations of alpine ski racers. Participants are given the opportunity to play beside old and current ski team members and get a closer look into the hard work driving their aspiring athletic careers. Whether it be a cash value raffle prize, a giant golf trophy or an all around good time, I have never walked away from the annual tournament empty-handed.”

Lucas Tinkham: “ The annual MWVST Golf Tournament played an instrumental role in my development as a competitive ski racer. The outpouring of support from local businesses and families allowed me the opportunity to train and race every day in the winter and fueled my desire to compete at the highest level. The golf tournament gave us as athletes the ability to connect with our teammates during the offseason, in addition to being able to interact with our coaches, our sponsors and friends in a setting other than the side of a mountain. I can’t say enough good things about this tournament and the opportunities that it provided for me. Having played in the tournament as both an active athlete on the ski team and as alumni, it is truly remarkable to see the direct impact that this event has the on the growth of young ski racers in the Mount Washington Valley.”

Andrew Benson: “ Every June when the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team Golf Tournament takes place, I’m reminded of the profound impact that the team has had on my passion for ski racing, and my life more broadly. As an athlete, the team gave me access to elite level coaches and a training environment that fostered personal development and athletic success in equal parts. As an alum, the benefits have been even greater, with my closest friends today being old teammates from MWV. The team fundraisers, specifically the golf tournaments, play an integral role in making the sport more accessible and enabling athletes to have access to the training and competition necessary to reach their goals. For some, that’s the highest level of the sport, with multiple MWV alumni reaching the US ski team and world cup podiums, and for others, that’s excelling in high school and collegiate level races. For me, that was going from being a weekend skier to the captain of the Tufts University ski team and a two-time USCSA All-American. None of that would have been possible without the Mount Washington Valley ski team and the supportive community around it. Because of this, I commit to supporting the golf tournament every year, and every year it’s the one check I actually like writing.”

For more information, call (603) 356-7627 or go to info@mwvskiteam.com.

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