John Spears and his wife, Jackie, love golf and Southern Nevada. Residents of Auburn, Wash., they are among the hundreds who will compete in the Tenth Annual Mesquite Amateur golf tournament May 28-June 1 at seven courses.
In fact, the Spears couple has competed in each of the previous Mesquite Amateur events. Even more interesting is the fact that they’re planning to relocate to Southern Nevada in October.
“We really like the format and the people,” says Mr. Spears, 56, who will drive the 1,100 mile distance to compete in on one of the biggest amateur golf tournaments in the country. “I think it’s a very well-run event.
“We play in the Pac Am (in Bend, Ore.), too, but we like the Mesquite Amateur the most.”
Mr. Spears has been playing golf for 30 years and he can’t wait to relocate to Las Vegas where the weather favors year-round play for golf.
“It’s too gray and rainy up here for much of the year,” he said. “There is no shortage of golf courses in Southern Nevada; and especially in Mesquite – and the courses are so close to one another.”
The couple represents an example of
the many husband and wife teams that participate in the Mesquite Amateur each year.
“We like to vacation and golf, playing as many as five courses in a week,” Mr. Spears said adding that the couple has been married for 37 years. “Jackie really enjoys playing and talking to all of the women. Golf is just a great way to keep up with people that don’t live in the same area. It’s a big social thing with the dinner and the entertainment.”
Considered one of the nation’s most popular amateur tournaments, the Mesquite Amateur will again draw about 600 golfers. The tournament will be played at the CasaBlanca; Palms; Falcon Ridge; Oasis Palmer & Canyons; Conestoga in Mesquite; and Coyote Springs southwest of Mesquite. The tournament consists of a five-day, 54-hole net, stroke play tournament in which participants compete against a field of players with a similar age and handicap.
The top four participants from each flight will compete in the 18-hole championship round at the CasaBlanca Golf Club under USGA rules.
Further information can be found by calling Mesquite Gaming Sporting Event
Manager Christian Adderson at 888-711-4653, ext. 51; or by visiting www.mesquiteamateur.com.
The Mesquite Amateur is sponsored by Golf Mesquite Nevada along with the Mesquite Resort Association. Further information can be found at www.mesquiteamateur.com.