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In 2010, The First Tee of Southern Nevada Wal-Mart Sam’s Club Charity Golf Tournament is celebrating its seventh year. Each year more than 300 players and volunteers team up with community-oriented businesses, along with Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, to raise money for The First Tee of Southern Nevada. This year’s event will be held Thursday on both the Concord and Lexington courses at the Revere at Anthem.

The First Tee of Southern Nevada runs the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association Tour, the longest running junior tour in Nevada. Next week, top qualifiers from Northern and Southern Nevada compete for the title of Nevada State Junior Champion. The tournament is June 29-30 at the Paiute Golf Club, Sun Mountain course.

Las Vegas Golf Hall of Game announces class of 2010

The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame announced the 2010 inductees , who havie contributed greatly to the game of golf and the Las Vegas golf community through play, volunteerism, teaching, involvement with the game through events or associations and significant donation of time or financial aid. The three deserving inductees are Charlie Baron, tournament director of the Las Vegas PGA Tour stop for 22 years; Joe Kelly, golf professional who has opened and run over a dozen local courses; and the Tournament of Champions, a pre-eminent Las Vegas event that took place here from 1953 to 1968 and drew some of the biggest names in both golf and entertainment.

Each of the 2010 inductees are expected to be on hand for the official announcement during the second annual Las Vegas Hall of Fame Classic Pro-Am on Monday at the Las Vegas National Golf Club.

The class of 2010 will be inducted during a ceremony Oct. 19 at the Pearl Theater at the Palms.

In conjunction with the Classic Pro-Am, the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will be unveiling a new exhibit honoring the Las Vegas Founders Club, a volunteer group of business leaders who operated golf tournaments in Las Vegas from 1983-2006.

Salt Lake City resident captures Mesquite Amateur

The eighth annual Mesquite Amateur golf tournament attracted more than 500 entrants while also bringing immense fanfare to a city 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Played May 31-June 4 on six courses, the event drew entrants from 41 states, along with Canada and England.

Salt Lake City Fed Ex driver Chad Young, who has played in each of the Mesquite Amateur events, fired a champion round 64 on June 4 to win the tournament at the CasaBlanca Golf Course. The top female was runner-up Naarah Turpen, a resident of Tucson, Ariz., who scored a 65.

North Las Vegas Par 3 makes improvements

The closing of Craig Ranch Golf Course last year spurred recent improvements at North Las Vegas Par 3 Golf Course. To better serve residents in North Las Vegas, the municipal course was entirely reseeded and new mulch was added around the outside perimeter, giving it a nice rural look.

The clubhouse was completely renovated with new paint, new roof and new air conditioning and heating systems. Big-screen TVs were installed so patrons can watch their favorite sports games.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the affordable pricing. Adult fees vary from $7.50 to $10 depending on the day and time. Seniors pay $6.50; children, $5.

The course measures 1,128 yards , par is 27 with nine holes. The traditional layout offers an abundance of well-established trees, small greens and gently rolling hills. Holes range from 74 yards to the 172-yard ninth hole, which features an impressive view of the valley and the Las Vegas Strip.

The golf course is also lighted for evening play until 11 p.m. seasonally.

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