Charity Through Golf. Mesquite’s Charity Golf Tournaments.
by Michelle Brooks, Ready Golf & Gear
Mesquite and the entire Virgin Valley is made up of the most generous people I have ever had opportunity to share a community with and I am proud to be to be a part of it. We have charity fundraisers of all kinds, from charity dinners, charity bake sales, charity yard sales, even a charity zumbathon! But our favorite kind of charity fundraisers, of course, have to do with golf. Or, maybe food. No, golf, definitely golf.
Mesquite has many charity golf tournaments annually. Too many to even attempt to name them all here. But I’d like to talk about a few you may have heard of but may not know the details or the impact they have within our community.
A new kid on the block, the Kids For Sports Foundation is the brainchild of Wolf Creek owners, Cory and Chad Clemetson and their executive team members. In 2014 they decided to put together a foundation that would help local kids get into sports that would otherwise not be able to due to financial or other situations. Realizing that sports equipment, registrations and the like are expensive and many families are unable to pay these costs, the Kids for Sports Advisory Committee set out to help. Since then, the Kids For Sports Foundation has raised many thousands of dollars through various donations but, most notably (for this article at least) through their Kids For Sports charity golf tournaments. The four-person scramble is played at Wolf Creek, usually takes place in January and sells out quickly. The last one took place in January of this year and they had a full field signed up two weeks before the event!
January’s Kids For Sports tournament raised over sixteen thousand dollars for the charity. Last year alone, the Kids For Sports Foundation awarded 139 grants totaling over 22 thousand dollars to help our local kids get the equipment, uniforms, and registration fees to play their sport of choice.
Another new tournament to hit the scene in October, 2016 was the Muttigans charity golf tournament. Mutti-what you say? It’s not a typo! The Muttigans tournament was hatched in the mind of local resident, Kristen Williams, AKA The Golf Chick (thegolfchick.com), AKA The Gun Chick (thegunchick.com), AKA Pressing Ideas (pressingideas.com) and, as you can see, she’s very busy already. As a lover of pets as well as a lover of golf, Kristen decided to develop a golf tournament to help homeless pets and teamed up with a few volunteers and local non-profit homeless pet helper extraordinaire, We Care For Animals (WCFA) to make it happen.
With donations from many local businesses and residents, Kristen and We Care For Animals had an incredible turn out for the first annual Muttigans Charity Golf Tournament. Sixty-four people came out to play Falcon Ridge Golf Course on what turned out to be a gorgeous day of sunshine and perfect temperatures. The fun, four-person scramble provided WCFA with almost $13,000 to help them with the many ways they help the people and pets of the Virgin Valley including food and shelter for our homeless furry friends.
And if that wasn’t enough, to cap off the remarkable day, Mesquite resident, Rocky Curtis hit a hole-in-one, winning a brand-new E-Z-GO golf cart sponsored by Ready Golf & Gear! I was there. It was very exciting.
While not a golf tournament, I would like to mention another fundraiser for We Care For Animals. Ready Golf & Gear annually conducts a month-long raffle to raise pet food and supplies for WCFA. Local businesses and golf courses have been especially generous in donating raffle prizes for this event. Raffle prizes that have been won include rounds of golf at Wolf Creek and Coyote Springs, golf lessons at the Oasis Golf Club as well as golf clubs and accessories. This year’s raffle will be in March. Ticket price is pet food and/or pet supplies. Enter as many times as you like!
You can’t really talk about Mesquite’s charity golf tournaments without mentioning Golf Fore Kids. This tournament has been raising Christmas gifts for local kids for 12 years. The last tournament was held in December, 2016 and was the most successful to date. A whopping 544 golfers came out to play on four courses, Falcon Ridge, Conestoga, The Canyons, and The Palms Golf Courses. Donations of cash and toys for this tournament alone reached approximately $50,000 which is higher than donations have ever been. Over the last 12 years this tournament has raised more than $450,000 to ensure local kids have a wonderful Christmas.
Mesquite and the Virgin Valley as a whole is filled with incredibly generous people. There is not a time of year that the residents and business owners of this community are not looking for ways to do something wonderful for others whether it be through golf tournaments, raffles, or zumbathons. I feel pretty lucky to be a part of such a wonderful place.
If you would like information on upcoming tournaments please visit our website, readygolfandgear.com/tournaments. Please email me if you would like us to add your tournament to our page or if you would like contact information for donating/volunteering for any of the above charities at firstname.lastname@example.org.