Mesquite has certainly carved a niche in both Nevada golf and around the USA, particularly as a host of the Long Drive contest.
Next month the pristine Palms and Casablanca golf courses will host the 2017 Nevada Open from Nov. 7 to 9. The Open has been contended for over 40 years and is a 54-hole event with a cut after 36.
The prize purse of $140,000 is based on a full field of 205 players. Casablanca Golf Club hosts the final round. If the event is tied a sudden death playoff will determine the champion.
For more than four decades, top aspiring golfers from around the country have competed in this historic tournament. Prizes will be awarded for the pro-am and amateur competitions. Registration is now open and the tournament is projected to sell out again. Interested professionals and amateurs may visit NVOpen.com for information and reservations.
“Mesquite Gaming is proud to once again serve as host of the always-popular Nevada Open event, welcoming top aspiring golfers to Mesquite during our most beautiful time of year,” said Christian Adderson, tournament director for Mesquite Gaming. “At $140,000, the purse is lucrative and we’re looking forward to seeing the top talent that continuously raises the bar for this tournament year-over-year, as they enjoy our beautiful courses and the hospitality this destination has to offer.”
The entry fee for non-affiliated professionals is $725. The fee for PGA of America golf professionals is $500, while Southern Nevada PGA of America professionals are offered a rate of $450. Amateurs are welcome to compete and the entry fee is $350. Amateur entrants will be screened by the tournament committee and those selected will be contacted personally. All entry fees include accommodations for three nights at CasaBlanca Resort. The event is free to all spectators.
Back for the second year is a special pro-am scheduled for Monday, Nov. 6 at The Palms Golf Club. Proceeds from the pro-am will benefit Mesquite Junior Golf. The pro-am will feature a special prize purse for professionals and amateur golfers. Professionals can bring their own amateur team or Nevada Open officials will pair interested professionals with a team of three amateurs. Registration for the pro-am is also now open.
For years, the best up and coming golf professionals have descended on Mesquite to participate in the Nevada Open, many of whom have gone on to play on the web.com and PGA Tours. Notable participants have included PGA Tour players Craig Barlow, Tony Finau, Graham DeLaet, Kevin Stadler, Boyd Summerhays and Champions PGA Tour player Jay Don Blake.
In 2016, Kevin Lucas of Folsom, California, took home the coveted Nevada Open trophy and a check for $28,000. Finishing at 19-under par, Lucas had four birdies and one eagle on the final championship day. Additional champions of the Nevada Open throughout its history are Robert Gamez, Vic Wilk, Kevin Penner and Tom Lehman.
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