Core tourney a big winner for Midway

Nathan Oster

Midway Golf Course is a special place to the Core family, so when Ginny died in 2020 and Jim followed her in 2021, those left to mourn came up with a unique way of honoring them while respecting their wishes for no funeral services.

It all came together on Sunday when their home course between Greybull and Basin hosted an 18-hole tournament that began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and ended with a celebration of Jim and Ginny’s lives and their contributions to the community.

“The day certain met and exceeded all of our expectations,” said their son Steve, who came up from Green River and was joined by siblings Jim from Boise, Idaho; Tom from Wickenburg, Ariz., and Susan Ford from Mesa, Ariz.

The tournament featured a 9 a.m. shotgun start with two teams at each hole.  A limit of 18, four-person teams was advertised, but when those spots filled, tournament officials found room for a 19th. With 76 golfers, it was easily the biggest event of the season at Midway.

It took seven hours to play and when the dust settled, top overall honors went to the team of  Jeff Probst, Dave Walton, Mike Yager and Jeff Vail.  Greybull Building Center owner Scott Good had donated $500 to the tournament. Organizers made it the top prize, but the winning foursome did not accept it, instead donating it to the club.

The foursome of Scott McColloch, his son Michael, his grandson Gaven and Mike Larchick won the scramble.  Steve Core’s team won the Lone Ranger game, but they deferred to the next-highest placing team captained by Doug Crouse. 

In addition to celebrating Jim and Ginny’s life, the day served as a fundraiser for Midway Golf Club.

The four Core kids each donated $2,000 to the tournament and others contributed cash as well. 

Individuals like Todd Werbelow, Rick and Randy Booth, Dave and Vicki Collingwood, Lynn Albers, Tim Beck and Larry Fusselman stepped up. 

So, too, did local businesses: Lynn’s SuperFoods, Club Dauntless, Big Horn Federal, Crazy Woman  Territory and 307 Real Estate.

“And we couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of Mary Brown at the course,” said Steve, further crediting the groundskeeper for ensuring the course was in “superb” shape.

Steve also credited Roy and Caryl Cline and Rick and Susie Booth for running games on Holes 2 and 7. The players did their part as well, buying mulligans and 50/50 tickets.  Marti Storeim won $300 in that drawing, but he, too, donated it back to the club.  

By day’s end, $15,000 had been generated. 

Minus expenses, the Cores were able to donate $11,000 to the club.

“There’s no doubt (our parents) would have been extremely pleased,” said Steve.  “It was a great celebration of their lives and one that provided closure for us as family members.” 

All players got a sleeve of balls and a golf towel with the name of the tournament on them.

“The golf course is very special to all four of us,” Steve said. “We learned how to play golf there and they were always very generous about letting us.”