Bruce King Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Virgin Valley High School Senior

$6,000 scholarship presented to Daygan Paytas at the 19th Annual Mesquite Amateur Golf Tournament

On Wednesday, May 31st, the Bruce King Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Daygan Paytas, a Virgin Valley High School Senior as part of the 19th Annual Mesquite Amateur Golf Tournament. Members of the Bruce King Memorial Board’s scholarship committee presented the graduate with a $6,000 check alongside Mesquite Gamingrepresentatives, sponsors of the tourney.

Since 2013, the Bruce King Memorial Board and Mesquite Gaming have awarded the scholarship to one Virgin Valley High School senior during the Mesquite Amateur Golf Tournament. Donations to the scholarship fund come directly from Mesquite Amateur participants. As a result of this year’s field having the most entrants ever, the scholarship amount increased by 60% from the original $4,000 to $6,000. Paytas will use the scholarship as she continues her education at Nevada State College in Henderson, NV.

“On behalf of the Board, I can say we are so proud to present the 2022 Bruce King Memorial Scholarship to Daygan Paytas” said George Salcedo, president of the Bruce King Memorial Board. “She is a shining example of the highest caliber of graduate from Virgin Valley High, and very deserving of this year’s scholarship – the largest amount we have ever raised from our participants.”

The scholarship pays tribute to Bruce King who participated in the first 10 years of the Mesquite Amateur before passing of cancer in 2012. The Board is made up of Mesquite Amateur participants, George Salcedo, Tyler Peak, Todd Peltier, Stan Mahaffey, Tim Riordan, Michael Zepeda, Ryan Pugh and David Derango, who played alongside King and wish to carry out his passion for education. 

The 19th annual Mesquite Amateur golf tournament kicked off on May 30th and was a five-day 54-hole, net, stroke play tournament. The tournament allows competitors to play three rounds of tournament golf on some of Mesquite’s most scenic and award-winning courses located along the northern edge of the Mojave Desert and near the southern edges of the Great Basin.

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