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September 07 2011
Special Olympics-Utah The Big Winner at the Utah Open
Hidden amongst the flurry of the 2011 Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open and a bevy of club events are some the Utah Sections' best community golf efforts! By the time our members host their club championships and invitational events, plus slip in a couple of playing opportunities, there is little time left to donate toward supporting golf growth activities. That is why the PGA Members support for community junior golf programs and Special Olympics-Utah is such a beautiful thing and may be a minor contribution to why the State of
Utah is again ranked as #1 for community volunteerism.
Our continued support for Special Olympics-Utah can be seen at every hole and at every event activity of the Utah Open. PGA Members reconnect with the Special Olympics program each year as they play in the pro-am events and the Open Championship itself. Special Olympics volunteers will again be serving as marshals, ball-spotters, leader board workers; parking attendants, scoreboard runners and many other volunteer activities at our biggest event. The Utah Section PGA and Special Olympics-Utah have been a great fourball partnership for over fifteen years. The work provided by over 200 SOUT volunteers work has been a great reminder of the how the money raised by the Utah Open has benefited Special Olympics the organization and provided Special Olympics Athletes with the opportunity to serve their community. A donation of over $32,000 is budgeted for this year's event and brings the nine year total to well over a quarter of a million dollars.
The Utah Section's PGA 100 "Front Nine" is complete. The scores have been tallied and the first leg of this eighteen-hole match has generated over $44,000 for
Utah junior golf programs and Special Olympics-Utah. Eleven Utah Section PGA professionals partnered with eleven
Utah community leaders in playing 100 holes of golf in order to generate funds for the two charities. All eleven teams finished the 100 holes on Soldier Hollow Golf Club's Silver Course. Solider Hollow will be the host site for the 2012 USGA Pub-Links Championship so this wasn't any "pitch & putt" challenge. The message from the "Front Nine" teams to the "Back Nine" crew was try and beat our record $44,000 raised!
A PGA 100 "Back Nine" event is scheduled for September at the scenic Sand Hollow Resort in
Utah. A new group of professional and community partners will be out to best the "Front Nine" group and claim the PGA 100 crown for 2011. An upset of the "Front Nine" team will be difficult. Their total earnings included an event leading total of over $10,000 by professional Todd Meyer and partner, from Dinaland GC in Vernal, Utah. Ron Branca with great support from members at The Country Club added over $4,100 to the Front Nine totals.
Larry Olson and Devin Dehlin are the Captains for both the Front Nine and Back Nine teams. Playing in both events may give them the opportunity to make a run at Todd Meyer's individual lead. The PGA 100 "Back Nine" is scheduled for September 9th at Sand Hollow. As the Utah Section PGA's Independent Board Member and PGA 100 Event Chair, Larry Olson has grown this event's popularity to an all-time high. Larry and the Les Olson Company he represents like to embrace a good challenge whether it's on the golf course or simply for a good community cause. Over and above their team(s) commitment to the PGA 100 they contributed a $1,000 additional contribution to the Front Nine tally in honor of Landon Nelson's (Section Staff Intern) hole-in-one on the sixth hole!
Although the Utah Section Officers and Staff are strictly neutral on whom we want to win the PGA 100 Cup we are hoping for several more hole-in-ones during the "Back Nine" event at Sand Hollow Resort in September. We know that the real winners are the game of golf and Special Olympians.
You are the "Caddies" for these great community golf projects! You can support the "Back Nine" golf professionals without even leaving your golf shop. Just go online to by clicking here and pick one or several of the listed golf professional to support in their PGA 100 quest. Of course you don't have to limit your support to just one team or a minimum amount- go online right now and donate from $.10 a hole to $2.00 a hole. Also give your club members; especially junior golfer families the opportunity to contribute by passing on this info.