Center to Hold Classic Golf Tournament

This month, the Utah Pride Center is inviting you to tee-off to help raise money for its many programs and services.

“If people think about all the services they can get when they come in the doors here, this tournament is going to fund each of those,” said Jennifer Nuttall, Adult Program Director at the Center, adding that these services include lawyer and health care provider referrals, client services and the organization’s active calendar of programs, from the DiverseCity Writing Group to the Women’s Wellness Program.

The tournament will take place at the Stonebrook Golf Club on Aug. 24, and, Nuttall added, it will be very different from the silent, formal tournaments many think of when they hear the word “golf.”

“It’s not a stuffy golf tournament,” she said. “As you might expect with the GLBT community, we throw a fun party.” The party this year will include various games and sponsor giveaways at each hole, and a raffle with a chance to win a car.

Those with a talent for art can also have fun turning a traditional staple of golf tournaments on its head by decorating the usually pristine white golf carts in the Golf Classic’s first ever cart decorating contest.

“We’re encouraging different organizations, businesses and even teams of individuals to come together around a theme and decorate their cart,” said Nuttall, adding that the event is a great way for different groups and people to network. The only rule? “You have to leave the carts in the same manner as you found them, and no R-rated themes.”

Registration for the tournament will run from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 and the tournament will kick off promptly at 8:00 a.m. with lunch provided. Those adults for whom a day of playing isn’t enough are also invited to a pre-party on Aug. 22 at the Paper Moon (3737 South State St.) which will feature local burlesque troop Voodoo Darlings and an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet courtesy of the New Yorker. The party will start at 7:00 p.m. and include a raffle and dancing. The $10 tickets will benefit the Utah Pride Center.

The tournament’s registration deadline is Aug. 15. To register online as an individual, pair, threesome or complete team visit utahpridecenter.org.

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