Forever Young returns to Red Ledges |

Forever Young returns to Red Ledges

Steve Young chats with the more than 100 guests at last year s Forever Young Charity Tournament at Red Ledges. Park Record File Photo

For the fourth year in a row, NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young will bring his Forever Young charity golf event back to Red Ledges Golf Club in Heber.

Young, who played his college football at Brigham Young University in Provo, started the Forever Young Foundation to serve "children facing significant physical, emotional and financial challenges."

The Forever Young Charity Tournament raises money for Sophie’s Place, a music therapy facility in Salt Lake City that opened almost a year ago. Sophie’s Place is located at the Primary Children’s Medical Center and was founded in memory of Sophie Barton, a singer/songwriter who died in 2010 at the age of 17 after collapsing during a hike.

According to a Red Ledges press release, Barton "often sang to children in the hospital because she understood music’s power to heal."

After another successful event last year, Young will once again team up with golf legend Johnny Miller to host a slew of celebrities and guests from the community to play Red Ledges’ Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

Red Ledges Chief Operations Officer Mitchel Burns said he’s happy to have Young and his foundation back for another year.

"They do such a great job here in Utah, especially at Sophie’s Place at the children’s hospital," he said. "It’s been such a wonderful asset to the community. Here at Red Ledges, we like being a big part of the community and supporting charitable events in the community."

Plus, Burns added, when you can host a couple of personalities like Young and Miller, you do what you can to accommodate them.

"For us, we’re just big fans of Steve Young," he said. "And his co-host is Johnny Miller and we like supporting him, too."

Burns said that, like last year, he expects plenty of celebrities to once again be mixing it up with local golfers.

"He’s always got his celebrity football friends out here and that’s always exciting," he said. "It’s also great the way he can draw so many people both local and out of state."

Burns knows the event will again be successful. Now, he joked, the only question will be to see how well Young plays.

"He doesn’t get a lot of time to play a lot of golf," he said. But when he’s out here, he really enjoys taking a lesson with [Red Ledges director of instruction] Jon Papoure. We’ve seen him play well here it’s just such a beautiful environment. I think he enjoys getting up in the mountains and getting away from the big cities for a while."

As long as Young wants to keep hosting his tournament at Red Ledges, Burns said the club would be more than happy to have him back.

"I would love to do that," he said. "Our doors are open for as long as he wants to come back."

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