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Tee off for Friends of Animals

Submitted by Friends of Animals Utah

Friends of Animals Utah (FOAU) and Zions Bank are teaming up to host a charity golf tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Red Ledges’ Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Heber City. Proceeds from the event will help fund operations for FOAU, including its adoption center, Furburbia, and its recently opened Rescue & Rehab Ranch.

FOAU is a non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization based in Summit County. Through adoption, education, and spay & neuter programs, the organization is dedicated to saving the lives of adoptable pets throughout northern Utah.

Participating in the inaugural event will be legendary golf instructor Jim McLean. McLean is ranked among the top three golf instructors in the world and is regularly featured on the Golf Channel. His "Eight Step Swing" book was ranked by "Sports Illustrated" as one of the top golf instruction books of the 20th century. McLean will be in town for the grand opening of his newest golf school, which will be part of the Red Ledges community in Heber City.

McLean and the director of the new Jim McLean Golf School at Red Ledges, Jon Paupore, will host a "Guess your Swing Speed" clinic during the warm-up period before the start of the tournament, providing players with a brief session utilizing Trackman TM technology to analyze their swing statistics.

McLean and Paupore will also offer complimentary single hole playing lessons to participating golfers throughout the event. Players will have the opportunity to win prizes including a Mark Miller Subaru as well as a cash prize of $50,000, half of which will be donated to FOAU.

Local businesses are generously supporting the local nonprofit’s event through sponsorships and in-kind donations of goods and services. In addition to title sponsor Zions Bank, FOAU is partnering with Humana, All Paws, and Park City MedEsthetiX in presenting the Roundup at Red Ledges fundraiser.

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Emceed by ESPN PGA Tour commentator Jim Kelly, the day kicks off with an 8 a.m. breakfast for players provided by Park City Bagel and Park City Coffee Roasters. A shot-gun start for the four-person scramble is scheduled for 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the tournament as well as a gourmet western lunch catered by Heber City’s Snake Creek Grill featuring dessert and beverages from Park City’s High West Distillery.

Player spots for the tournament have been sold out for several weeks. For more information on Friends of Animals Utah, visit the http://www.foautah.org.