Three-time Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass headlines charity golf scramble

Yukon Quest veteran and champion Brent Sass celebrates after hitting a tee shot on the 18th hole.
Yukon Quest veteran and champion Brent Sass celebrates after hitting a tee shot on the 18th hole.(Jordan Rodenberger (KTVF))
Published: Jul. 10, 2021 at 5:18 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Over recent years, the Yukon Quest has been transparent about its financial status, as smaller fields of mushers and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the race’s budget.

The organization is actively raising funds for the 2022 races, which will include a 300-mile race in Alaska and a 300-mile race in Canada, hosting the Yukon Quest Charity Golf Scramble Saturday.

There were plenty of carts, clubs and competitors at the Fairbanks Golf Course, as many in the community showed out to support the historic 1,000-mile international race - and to just hit some golf balls on a beautiful day.

Knocking around the ball for a round was three-time Yukon Quest Champion Brent Sass - who has claimed the last two titles of the full race (2019, 2020).

It it safe to say there not many golf courses near Eureka, Alaska and with the musher lifestyle, Sass says he hasn’t played golf in 20 years. However, he wasn’t there to shoot under par, but to support the race he has competed in 14 times.

“The race means the world to me, the Quest is a big part of my life and I want to see it continue,” Sass said on the 18th hole.” I am really happy to see a new event for the Quest, which is awesome and clearly there are plenty of golfers in Fairbanks, so this is a really good event and a great fundraiser for the race.”

Sass, who was raised in Excelsior, Minnesota before moving to the 49th state in 1998 to ski for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, placed 4th in the 2020 Iditarod, but it is the Quest that is close to him.

“I think it’s the people, the community, the mushers that run it every year and the family that you build over the years is something that I really feel is a special thing about the Quest.”

Alaska’s race is schedule to begin February 5 in Fairbanks, while the YQ300 is set for February 19 in the Yukon Territory.

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