Relph Foundation poker tournament draws 45 players
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Weston Bartosh plays a game of poker during the Matt Relph Foundation’s 2014 Texas Hold ‘em Tournament. Bartosh beat out 44 other players to win the tournament.                     Courtesy photo
Weston Bartosh plays a game of poker during the Matt Relph Foundation’s 2014 Texas Hold ‘em Tournament. Bartosh beat out 44 other players to win the tournament. Courtesy photo
Weston Bartosh outlasted 44 other poker players to win the 11th Matt Relph Foundation Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament in January. The event, which raises money for student scholarship, is sponsored annually by local businesses.

The Matt Relph Foundation scholarship honors the adventurous, mischievous, independent spirit” of Matt Relph, a Moab teenager who died in 2000.  

“Matt loved life and was always there to help in any way that he could. It is hoped the recipient of this scholarship exhibits those qualities that made Matt the person that was loved and respected by all,” said Sharon Relph, Matt’s mother. “Matt’s legacy will live on by awarding this scholarship to someone that exhibits character and need; this is the dominant criterion for awarding this scholarship.”

Sharon and Rich Relph, Matt’s father, organize the tournament each year to raise money for two scholarships that are awarded to Grand County High School graduates.

  “This scholarship is not designed for the top athlete or academic, but for the student that really makes a difference at school. The one you can count on to cheer you up and make you laugh, even when you’re having a tough time,” Sharon Relph said.

The tournament is open to anyone in the community. A $25 donation serves as the entry fee and the top players are awarded prizes. This year’s event raised more than $1,100.

“It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon, Relph said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie and competition.” 

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