Utah Summer Games golf tournament to feature longest drive competition, Byron Casper clinic

Katie Wills, Southern Utah University golf team member, will host the longest drive competition during the Utah Summer Games Golf Tournament June 15 in Cedar City, Utah | St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Community members who register for the Utah Summer Games Golf Tournament will have a chance to take on Katherine “Katie” Wills, Southern Utah University golf team member and longest drive competitor, during the longest drive competition June 15.

There will be a different competition at each hole during the games. At this hole, players can choose to compete against Wills’ long drive and let her drive their ball for a chance to better their score. Wills is excited to host this competition and get the crowd fired up about the long drive.

“It only takes one ball in the grid to win the competition,” Wills said. “So, go after it and crush that ball!”

Katie Wills, Southern Utah University golf team member, will host the longest drive competition during the Utah Summer Games Golf Tournament on June 15 in Cedar City, Utah | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News

Wills, a junior at Southern Utah University, is a native to Missoula, Montana.

She finished the season with a scoring average of 86.73 in 11 rounds. Most impressive is her long drive. Wills placed in the top 8 with a long drive of 379 yards at a World Long Drive competition in Denver and has continued to compete and improve with more practice.

To those participating in the competition, Wills said, “Have fun and swing hard.”

Byron Casper is also making an appearance at the golf tournament. The son of golf legend Billy Casper is partnering with Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games to bring golf back to the annual Summer Games.

Casper will guest host the golf tournament and with SUU’s Community Education program, he will also be providing a “Putt, Chip and Swing” golf clinic the morning of the tournament. This is an opportunity for competitors to have some one-on-one time with a pro before competing in the tournament that afternoon. The clinic is open for registration until June 13. To register, click here.

Not only has the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games teamed up with Casper, but has also worked hand-in-hand with SUU’s new Community on the Go Program. Community on the Go trips pair community members with SUU experts for affordable, educational travel to domestic and international destinations around the world.

The one-day tournament, to be staged at Cedar Ridge Golf Course, will feature a four-person scramble (best ball) format, with room for as many as 30 teams. For additional information regarding registration, fees, requirements, deadlines and other details regarding the Utah Summer Games golf tournament, visit the Utah Summer Games website.

For more information about Community on the Go trips offered by SUU, visit suu.edu/onthego, call 435-865-8031 or stop by the Office of Community and Academic Enrichment at 136 W. University Blvd, Suite 003, Cedar City, Utah.

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