During the final day of the 2016 Nevada Open golf tournament on Thursday, Nov. 10, Mesquite Gaming, owners of the CasaBlanca Resort and Virgin River Casino, presented a $1,000 monetary donation to the Virgin Valley Junior Golf Association (VVJGA).
“Contributing to bettering youth in our communities is very much in line with our goals as an organization,” said Christian Adderson, Nevada Open tournament director. “We’re proud of these opportunities to support such associations that inspire the game of golf within our youth and take their game to the next level.”
Mesquite has a long-standing history with junior golf, given its culture. An important attribute of junior golf is not only learning the game of a lifetime but gaining experience that will benefit a young player throughout his or her educational and professional career. The programs of VVJGA not only develop potential physical skills but also discipline, respect, and social interaction. Beginning in June, the clinics occur three times per week each month. Each lesson plan consists of the rules of golf and range or short game practice, followed by a short competition. Tournaments are held throughout July and August at several Mesquite courses.
Kevin Lucas, of Folsom, California, is the winner of the 2016 Nevada Open, taking home the coveted trophy and a check for $28,000. Lucas fired rounds of 64-65-68–197 to win and collected the first place check of $28,000. Once again, the popular Nevada Open was sold out and the field was expanded to 216 players, plus the increased purse from $125,000 to $140,000.
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Mesquite Gaming, located 77 miles north of Las Vegas, includes Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo and CasaBlanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa. A premier golf destination, Mesquite Gaming owns and operates The Palms Golf Club and CasaBlanca Golf Club. Combined, the two properties feature 1,186 guest rooms, 76,000 square-feet of casino space, with 1,600 slot machines and 36 gaming tables, 70,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space including an outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit www.mesquitegaming.com.
Photo Attached: From Left to Right: Mesquite Junior Golf Association representatives- CasaBlanca and Palms Head Golf Professional Tom Winchester, Marsha Sherwood, Marisa Martin and Nevada Open Tournament Director, Christian Adderson during the 2016 Nevada Open championship day on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at CasaBlanca Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada.
**Photo Credit: Mesquite Gaming