Mesquite, Nevada (PRWEB) January 06, 2012
The numbers alone were staggering when discussing the success of the seventh annual Golf Fore Kids tournament played last month on four courses in Mesquite, Nevada.
Over 400 golfers converged on Falcon Ridge, Conestoga, the Palms and the Canyons Course at the Oasis Golf Club layouts. That represented a 10 percent increase from last year’s tournament while also establishing a new record of participants.
The annual event is used to raise gifts and cash during the holidays for needy youth and families in the Nevada cities of Mesquite, Overton and Bunkerville as well as nearby Beaver Dam and Littleton, Arizona.
Some 600 kids enjoyed gifts and cash estimated to be $90,000. The holiday Tournament and dinner gathering was a grand success.
From gift cards to toy tractors and scads of bicycles and tricycles, Golf Fore Kids was a hole-in-one presented by GolfMesquiteNevada.com and many other Mesquite city businesses and sponsors.
Bill Moore of Mesquite played at the Palms course. He has participated four previous Golf Fore Kids events.
“It’s just a good thing to do for the kids,” said Moore, a native of Bozeman, Mont., who has lived in Mesquite for the past 12 years. “This isn’t about golf, but rather about helping the kids here.”
Gloria George, also of Mesquite, played for the second time.
“This is fun and it’s Mesquite,” said George, who moved to Mesquite in 2000 from Santa Barbara. “I have worked for the ReMax Long Drive championship here for 12 years and this was a natural. This is what Mesquite is all about. Look how many people were here.
“I have never regretted moving to Mesquite and this event is among the reasons why I love this city. It is so representative of what Mesquite does for everyone around it. This city is always reaching out to help others. It’s simply fun here.”
Mesquite Mayor Mark Wier said the event is “priceless.” A native of North Dakota who has lived in Mesquite for 19 years, Wier said, “Seeing the looks on the faces of the kids who receive the gifts is something that no one forgets.”
“It’s really something when you see the gifts delivered,” said Wier. “There is not a dry eye in the room. These people have done a fantastic job especially considering that this started on one golf course. In fact, I would have to say this is the finest charitable golf tournament in the country. It’s truly amazing.”
Guy Pompa, a real estate agent with Premier Properties of Mesquite, played in his sixth event. A former 47-year resident of Las Vegas, he moved to Mesquite in September of 1996.
“The reason I play in this is that it’s the most gratifying in knowing that there is not a child in this area that will go without during the holidays,” said Pompa, 58. “This is what Mesquite is all about. We had an incredible turn out here this year. I have to believe that this was the best ever.
“This town has been so good to me and I always want to give back. I can do just that by playing in this tournament. The Golf Fore Kids is a hole-in-one. This is fantastic.”
Golf writer Greg Miles of Golf Chicago participated and praised the Golf Fore Kids event.
“I was impressed in many ways by the 2011 Golf Fore Kids tournament,” said Miles. “First, by its organization – the timely placing of 440 golfers at four different courses. Then, collected and centralizing all the toys in one spot for display by the time of the luncheon; hats off to those committee leaders who spearheaded the event.
“Second, I marvel at the generosity of the participants (toys) and the sponsors (prizes); never have I seen a raffle with so many winners. This was truly a total community effort. And not to be forgotten was the fine weather and the fun had by the golfers.”
GolfMesquiteNevada.com, is a marketing co-op of golf courses and resorts in Mesquite, Nevada and St. George, Utah, and was created 10 years ago to promote golf vacations within the Mesquite/St.George area. The resorts include the CasaBlanca Resort Casino, Eureka Hotel Casino, Falcon Ridge Hotel and the Virgin River Resort Casino – all located in Mesquite, Nevada 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The nine championship courses within GolfMesquiteNevada.com include Conestoga Golf Club, The Chase at Coyote Springs, CasaBlanca Golf Course, Falcon Ridge Golf Course, The Palmer and Canyons courses at the Oasis Golf Club and the Palms golf course. Also included are Sand Hollow Resort Championship Course and Coral Canyon Golf Course located in nearby St. George, Utah area.