When 216 professional golfers tee it up in Mesquite in a few weeks, Christian Adderson will be right at home.
The Nevada Open Tournament director was a caddy in high school, worked at golf courses during college summer breaks, and currently sports a 12 handicap. (It’s actually a registered 11.99 GHIN USGA Handicap, so be sure to ask for the extra stroke if you’re playing him heads up.)
The Isaquah, Washington native joined Mesquite Gaming 12 years ago. It was a natural fit to place him in charge of an event that has a rich history of more than 40 years, including the past 21 in Mesquite.
“I get to put on events for a wide ranging style of players,” said Adderson. “It’s great to interact with the players and eventually seeing some of them grow and advance to the next level.”
For many of these young guns, there is a swashbuckling style of play that the fans can’t help but appreciate.
“The up-and-coming players are absolutely fearless,” he said. “They’re always flag hunting!”
Current PGA touring pros Tony Finau and Grahan DeLaet count themselves among the many pros who have competed in the Nevada Open.
“Past champions and countless professionals have been extremely loyal and willing to support this tournament,” added Adderson.
The purse for the Nov. 7-9 event is $140,000. Last year’s winner Kevin Lucas bagged $28,000 for the victory as he sank a 10-foot putt on the final hole to win by one stroke.
The 54-hole event features rounds for the participants on the CasaBlanca and Palms Golf Clubs. The field will be cut down to the top 30% and ties for the final 18 holes at CasaBlanca.
Adderson feels the two courses provide a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the field.
“CasaBlanca is more a resort style of course with more water in the loop along the Virgin River and numerous lakes. The Palm Golf Club is a different type of layout. The signature hole is the Par 5 15th, which features a 120 foot drop from tee box to fairway.”
The event is open free to the public and there are four other courses in the area that aren’t affected by the tournament. Conestoga Golf Club, Falcon Ridge, and the 36-hole Oasis course are part of the Mesquite loop with the slogan “6 courses within 6 minutes of your hotel.”
The one-hour ride from Las Vegas, plus attractive stay and play packages, has turned Mesquite into a golf getaway destination.
Adderson has plenty on his plate beyond the Nevada Open. He’s in charge of staging Classic Car shows and the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Mesquite.
Another great source of pride for Adderson is the Mesquite Amateur Championship that is slated for late May, 2018. Over 600 players of all age ranges and handicaps annually compete in flights and get the opportunity to tee it up in a tournament format.
If Adderson decides to tee it up, just make sure he’s only getting 11 blows if he happens to be in your flight.
For more information on the Nevada Open and how to tee it up in Mesquite visit golfingmesquite.com.