Swing for a hole-in-one

Golfers putt at the Moab Golf Course. The 10th annual Spring Swing Scholarship Golf Tournament is being held at the golf course on Friday, April 5. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

Start your engines.

The first person who makes a hole-in-one at hole 10 at the Spring Swing Scholarship Golf Tournament is winning a new car from Crump Reese Moab.

The Spring Swing Scholarship Golf Tournament is happening on Friday, April 5, at the Moab Golf Club. The golf tournament is a fundraiser that provides two $1,000 scholarship awards to Grand County High School seniors. The Moab Chamber of Commerce is hosting the golf tournament with more than a dozen area business sponsors.

Spectators are welcome to watch the golf tournament. Breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the outside patio behind the Moab Golf Club. Golfers tee off starting at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament expected to end at around 1 p.m.

The Moab Golf Course is a full-size golf course and golfers will play 18 holes in the tournament. Awards will be given for closest to the hole, the longest drive and the winning team. The new car will be given to anyone who makes the first hole-in-one at hole 10 on the course, but no one has completed this feat to win the new car during the annual tournaments over the past several years.

RaeLynn Mason, Grand County High School counseling secretary, said that so far eight students have picked up an application and plan to apply for the scholarship.

The Moab Chamber of Commerce organizes the tournament and evaluates the student applicants, looking at criteria such as career goals, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership positions and employment history.

“We’re grateful to our local businesses and community members for awarding scholarships for our seniors,” Mason said. “They give out a lot of money, and repeatedly every year; it’s not just a one-time thing that they do to help the students out.”

Lacie Shumway, the executive director of the Moab Chamber of Commerce, oversees the golf tournament. She said this year’s tournament is featuring a ball drop.

“This year, Pinnacle Helicopters is donating a helicopter to do a ball drop,” Shumway said.

Numbered golf balls will act as raffle tickets and will be dropped from the helicopter above the putting green.

Rob Jones, the golf pro at the Moab Golf Course, is playing in the tournament on the Moab Golf Club team.

“The ball drop is new,” he said. “That will be something exciting. … Once the balls fall, they’ll be bouncing all over mother Earth and the one that comes closest to a hole, or goes in, will win.”

Jones said the person with the winning ball will split the award for the scholarship fund. Shumway said a golf ball costs $10 for the ball drop, and anyone in the community can purchase golf balls to participate in the ball drop.

“It’s a good cause,” Jones said. He has played in the annual tournament since its inception. “It’s nice to get out this time of year as the weather starts to get better.”

Jones said the Moab Golf Course is “about perfect” for spring golfing.

“It’s just waking up,” he said. “It’s playing well,.”

Sponsors for the Spring Swing Scholarship Golf Tournament include the Moab Golf Club, Emery Telcom, Rocky Mountain Power, Lisbon Valley Mine, Big Horn Lodge, Moab Under Canvas, Zax and Castle Creek Winery. Other raffle prizes include a gift card, patio furniture and a bicycle.