The PGA Tour and its Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was just recently held at beautiful TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas last month, but next week in Mesquite may be the most prestigious event in all of Nevada getting under way.
The Nevada Open will be played at Palms Golf Club and Casablanca Golf Club over three days, beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and concluding two days later. This competition, with some of the best up and coming golfers in the country, began in Nevada over 40 years ago and has been taking place in Mesquite since the early 1990’s. The entire event is free for spectators to attend.
Two things are unique about this year’s Open. First, the Pro-Am round has been added on Monday before the actual tournament. Only half a dozen teams or so are entered currently in the Pro-Am portion but as tournament director Christian Adderson notes, it is about growth and junior golf.
“We are starting out slow and trying to build it up as we go along,” Adderson said. “What is really exciting about it is that the Pro-Am proceeds go to benefit junior golf programs in Mesquite.”
Adderson hopes this part of The Nevada Open will gain in popularity and become a major contributor some day to the young golfers in the area.
Secondly, The Nevada Open will carry its largest purse in history this year at $125,000, up from $120,000 in 2014. The winner will take home $25,000. The first two days of the professional event will be held at Palms and Casablanca.
After the first two rounds a cut will be made, leaving just the top 30% and ties of a field of 209, to play the final round at Casablanca on Nov. 12.
Adderson is looking forward to a great competition this year as they have moved the event into the month of November rather than December when The Nevada Open has been held in past years.
Better weather, and the fact it comes during the time of The PGA Tour’s Q-School for status on The Web.com Tour, will have many of the top pros in the field.
“Players that missed Stage One of Q-School are participating along with some players that advanced and want to stay fresh in getting ready for Stage Two,” Adderson said.
Former winners include PGA Tour player Robert Gamez and former British Open winner Tom Lehman. PGA Tour star Tony Finau has played in the past and his brother, Gipper Finau, is in the field this year.
We are rooting for Jason Edmiston who is the Head Pro at The Las Vegas Country Club, the host course of the Westgate Hotel & Casino’s Annual SuperContest Weekend Golf Tournament.