Utah AIDS Foundation Golf Tournament Tees Off

On Sunday, June 28, golfers of all skill levels — and those with no skill to speak of — are invited to play in the Utah AIDS Foundation’s sixth annual Golf Tournament to help raise money for the foundation’s HIV prevention and testing efforts.

Although the words “golf tournament” may bring to mind something serious, stuffy and competitive, UAF Donor Relations Coordinator Nathan Measom said that the purpose of this tournament is not to play a perfect game, but to have fun. Golfers, he said, will be helped out by strings that can guide their ball to the hole, “mulligans” or shot do-overs, and various other tricks. Extra donations, he added, can help bump a golfer’s score down.

“We always say anybody can win our golf tour if they pay enough money,” he said, laughing. “Everyone’s there to have a good time. It’s a lot of fun.”

To help golfers cut loose and not take the tournament too seriously, Measom said the tournament has only nine holes. A typical golf tournament has twice this number. A number of games will also be held on the green, he added, including “HIV Jeopardy,” where people who correctly answer questions about the virus’ transmission, treatment and prevention can have points knocked off their score. He added that there will also be raffles for such prizes as spa packages and restaurant gift certificates.

The cost to play is $60 per player, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and gift bag. Players may register in teams of four or as individuals, who will then be placed into teams. Registration will be accepted until the day before the tournament, either online at utahaids.org or by phone.

“We would love to have any donations to help us raise some money for our programs,” said Measom. “HIV is on the rise locally. We’ve seen an uprising in HIV infections [in Utah] especially among the youth.”

The tournament will be held at the Stonebridge Golf Course, 4415 Links Dr. West Valley City. Breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Golfing will likely last until 12:30 with lunch following immediately after.

While Measom said he’d like to see at least 60 golfers show up, more can be accommodated at the course.

“We’re certainly not going to turn anybody away,” he said.

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