The Ron Godbout Coca-Cola Classic sells out faster than a Bruce Springsteen concert.
The tournament, which will be played for the 31st time at the Butte Country Club on Saturday and Sunday, has long been booked. How fast every slot in the three-man team tournament was taken will blow your mind.
“It filled up in about 8 minutes,” said Keith Ogolin, an employee with Mile High Beverages in Butte. “Signups started at 7 a.m. and they were in lawn chairs waiting outside the clubhouse at 5:45. It’s huge.”
The tournament limit was raised from 72 three-person teams to 80 three-person teams in recent years. That means 240 golfers will play in the tournament.
Another 20 teams signed a waiting list and teams were awarded spits via lottery if another team drops out.
The tournament features hole prizes, a dinner, a Saturday-night Calcutta and hole-in one prizes. If done on the right day, an ace on No. 17 can win a car, while a hole in one on No. 6 can win $10,000.
Last year a portion of the money raised from the Calcutta went to the Mile High Little League.
The tournament is named after its founder, Ron Godbout, the owner of Mile High Beverages who died at 61 following a battle with cancer in August of 2009.
On Thursday night, Field No. 3 at Mile High Little League was renamed the Ron Godbout Memorial Field.
“He did a lot for that league that people don’t even know about,” Ogolin said. “His father (Louie) was instrumental in starting the league.”