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Play Fore A Purpose, 2021

Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo (CCDP) put on its first-ever fundraising golf tournament on July 30, 2021. The tournament, appropriately titled Play Fore A Purpose, raised funds to benefit individuals and families in Southern Colorado.


A total of 84 participants competed in the golf tournament at the Pueblo Country Club, in scramble format, with a few fun, specialty holes spread throughout the course. The specialty holes included a Family Tee where all players teed off from the same tee, a Switch-Side hole where players drove the ball with their non-dominant hand, and more!


Shortly after the start of the tournament, Nick Bernal stunned everyone by getting a hole-in-one!


Throughout the day, players struggled to make the 75-foot putt in the putting contest. At their last hole of the day, Lenny Valdez was the first and only player to make this difficult putt!

Lenny Valdez (right) and his team celebrating his 75 ft. putt.

After play concluded, players gathered in the ballroom for lunch and awards. Erika Retzlaff (CCDP’s Director of Advancement) and Elizabeth “Liz” Paulhus (CCDP’s new Executive Director) both spoke about the impact the tournament will have on families and individuals in Southern Colorado.


A special congratulations to the following champions of the 2021 Play Fore A Purpose golf tournament:


1st Place Team – Miller Roofing

2nd Place Team – Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C.

3rd Place Team – CIR Investigations

Putting Contest Champion – Lenny Valdez

Longest Putt Champion – Scott Hinkle

Men’s Longest Drive – Brian Vecchio

Women’s Longest Drive – Amy Gasperetti

Men’s Closest to the Pin – Park Miller

Women’s Closest to the Pin – Amanda Hasenack


First Place Second Place Third Place


Thank you to our many sponsors of this event, especially our Gold Sponsors Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and Parkview Health System, for your generous support of Catholic Charities’ Inaugural Golf Tournament. We hope everyone had a great time, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!


The 2022 Play Fore A Purpose golf tournament is scheduled for July 15, 2022 at the Pueblo Country Club. More information will follow as the event gets closer!

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