Local golf tournament aims to fund scholarship program for Basin Recreation
With the weather changing fast in Park City, the time to get out on the golf course and play a round is coming to an end.
That’s why Basin Recreation is offering one more time to get out on the golf course and attempt to hit a little white ball very far with the seventh annual Swing for Sports Golf Tournament.
“We know golf is an absolutely huge sport in Park City so we wanted to host a tournament that would not only help fund our scholarship program, but give the people playing one more chance to get out on the golf course before the weather changes,” said Brian Kadziel, Recreation Manager of the Snyderville Basin Recreation District. “We want this to be more of a recreational golf tournament rather than those similar to the PGA. Of course there will be prizes but it’s more about going out, enjoying a round of golf with your group and helping out with a really great fundraiser.”
The Swing for Sports golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Canyons Golf Course in Park City with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. As of now, around 100 people are signed up to play, with more expected according to Kadziel.
Part of Kadziel and Basin Recreation’s plan to make this golf tournament unique is not just the amount of prizes made available to winners, but the incorporation of activities offered at Basin Recreation at each hole.
Depending on the hole, competitors can participate in a cornhole toss, a basketball shot, a football throw or a soccer chip. Whether a player successfully completes the challenge at hand will earn them advantages when playing, such as moving up one tee box for their opening shot, moving their ball 15 yards ahead of its landing spot and others.
“We really like this portion of the tournament because it adds this entirely different element that makes it more fun,” Kadziel said. “All of the activities that are available are in someway related to similar programs we already do. This gives the golfers the chance to see what we do Basin Recreation and know what their money is going towards.”
The tournament raises funds for Basin Recreation’s scholarship foundation. According to Sam Schwoebel, Recreation Supervisor for the Snyderville Basin Recreation District, Basin Recreation gives out roughly $30,000 per year in scholarships to help kids under the age of 18 wanting to participate in many of the programs offered.
Basin Recreation has partnered recently with Canyons Golf Course over the past few years, despite originally starting the tournament at Park City Golf Course. According to Kadziel, with Canyons just opening at the time of the switch, this gave all the competitors the opportunity to not only play on a new course at that time, but give them a new, scenic view of Park City.
The tournament is in a scramble format, which is essential to the Canyons golf course because of its narrow and sloping fairways, often making it more difficult to consistently hit great shots.
“Originally Canyons wanted us to try the course out and once we did, we really loved it because of the challenges in provided for the foursomes,” Kadziel said. “It’s not your typical run of the mill course, so I really believe that’s why people love coming to play in this tournament. I mean, not only do we get repeat foursomes playing all the time, people travel up from Salt Lake City just to play in it because of everything involved.”
This year, Basin Recreation has really stepped on the prizes being offered in the multiple challenges. Apart from the sport-specific challenges prior to teeing off, there is also a longest drive hole for men and women and three closest to the pin competitions as well. Prizes range from lower bowl Utah Jazz tickets, signed gear from Real Salt Lake and offerings to play at Promontory and Jeremy Ranch golf courses.
“We will also have an opportunity draw where people can win more prizes as well,” Schwoebel said. “We’ve gone around to our sponsors and local businesses to help and they’ve all responded really well. Food and refreshment will also be provided at the end of the day, really help bring this entire event together.”
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