Mark Miller wins Marques Harris Golf Scramble, SB tickets, again

During a break in play during the Marques Harris golf scramble Friday at Redlands Mesa Golf Course, Andrew Walter, right, talks about how he doesn’t like the crown in the new turf football field at Stocker Stadium where he played quarterback for Grand Junction High School as former Bronco Kyle Johnson, left, talks with other golfers while waiting to tee off. The golf scramble was a fundraiser for Grand Junction High School’s football team.

Mark Miller gets to go to the Super Bowl again.

The part owner of Ed Bozarth/Mark Miller Chevrolet and his team won the Marques Harris Celebrity Golf Scramble on Friday afternoon at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

Miller, Chris Burns, Jacob Sessum and Eric Winder shot a 20-under-par 52 to win four tickets to next year’s Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

It seemed too good to be true even after Harris handed them envelopes with information to pick up their tickets at the Superdome.

Harris put on the tournament with the help of Allen’s Unique Autos and Bud Glover to raise money for the Grand Junction High School football program.

“You start to realize how many Grand Junction Tigers are out there and how many people want to support what Marques is doing,” Grand Junction football coach Robbie Owens said. “I have some great parents (at GJHS) that really helped and did most of the legwork to make this a pretty unique event in the Grand Valley.

“It’s great Marques can do these things for us. With budget cuts and all of those things going on, it’s things like this that makes things a lot easier.”

Harris brought in a dozen celebrity athletes to participate in the scramble. The athletes were auctioned off to scramble teams Thursday night, raising $8,000.

Some of the players were Harris’s former Grand Junction teammate Andrew Walter, former Denver Broncos fullback Kyle Johnson and wide receiver Charlie Adams and NHL defenseman Kyle Quincy.

There were 27 teams (107 individuals) in the scramble.

Miller and Burns handled most of the putting while the team played off most of Sessum and Winder’s drives.

“We had some great putters today,” Winder said. “They made the putts from all over the place. We barely had to pull our putters out.”

Miller didn’t play in the scramble last year because he had surgery, but he put the team together.

“Last year was special because I got to take my son,” Miller said.

Burns, who owns Bananas Fun Park, and Miller have been good friends since high school. Burns graduated in 1979 and Miller in 1981.

“Isn’t that cool?” Burns said. “The best thing is how long I’ve known Mark Miller.”

Sessum, 33, is a business manager at the Bozarth/Miller dealership. He played on the team that won it last year, but he sacrificed his ticket for Miller’s son.

“That’s going to be awesome,” Sessum said. “I still have a lot of family in New Orleans. This is my turn to go.”

Sessum was born in New Orleans and is a Saints fan. His family moved to Pueblo when he was 9, and he followed his dad to Grand Junction. He got a job at the dealership through a golfing friend.

Winder, who is a salesman at the dealership, is going to his first Super Bowl.

Harris and the rest of the celebrity athletes will host a football camp at 8 a.m. today at Stocker Stadium.


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