Just over 120 golfers participated in the first annual Swings for Wings golf tournament Monday June 14th at Talons Cove golf course. Proceeds from the tournament went into the Aviation Science scholarship fund. To say the tournament was a success may be an understatement.
“When we first started planning the tournament about a year ago, our goal was to raise ten thousand dollars,” said Jeff Kahn, Chairman of the Aviation Development Committee. “So imagine our surprise when the total came in and we were over $25,000! This tournament was a rousing success and is something we plan to do every year to help these students meet their financial obligations as UVU trains them to be our next generation of aviation professionals.”
UVU’s Aviation Science program has grown to become the third largest flight program in the country. Based at the Provo, Utah airport, the UVU Aviation program boasts approximately 275 local students and 1,800 online students from across the nation.
“It won’t be too hard to fill the field for future tournaments once word gets around about how great this one was,” said Dave Adams, Swings for Wings Tournament Chairman. “I mean, sure we had a long-drive competition just like every other golf tournament out there, but our long drive winner won a trip to Hawaii. On top of that, all our corporate sponsors donated some amazing prizes and giveaways.”
Diamond Aircraft Industries was the tournament’s main sponsor with several local companies and businesses serving as associate sponsors.
In addition to the Hawaii trip, prizes included free flight time in UVU aircraft, flying lessons both in fixed wing aircraft and helicopter, clothing, various golfing items and more. Each member of the top three teams also received a very nice engraved trophy.
“The folks at Talons Cove really went out of their way to make sure everything worked great,” said Adams.
The competition ranged from foursomes just out to have a “fun time” to those who were looking to win. The winning team finished at 18 under par with 2nd and 3rd place teams coming in at 15 under par.
“Oh, I’ll definitely be back next year,” said one golfer. “Great course, great food, amazing prizes, just a wonderful tournament.”
For info on sponsoring or playing in next year’s Swings for Wings golf tournament, contact Dave Adams at (801) 372-0189 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aviation Science Department is UVU’s second largest department. It offers degrees both as a Professional Pilot or in Aviation Administration. For Professional Pilot majors, UVU offers all certifications and ratings from Private Pilot (recreational flying) through Airline Transport Pilot. UVU’s pilot training program accounts for over 60,000 takeoffs and landings annually at the Provo Municipal Airport and is the primary reason the Federal Aviation Administration granted permission for the construction of a new control tower there. Graduates from these UVU programs are currently working in various aviation positions throughout the world. Our professional pilot graduates are flying for virtually all regional and international airlines servicing the United States. For more information about this outstanding program see www.flyuvu.com