Open golf tournament drives support for Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association

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D/ASIA offers a wide variety of free brochures on a myriad of different topics, St. George, Utah, Feb. 22, 2013 | Photo by Rhonda Tommer, St. George News
D/ASIA offers a wide variety of free brochures on a myriad of different topics, St. George, Utah, Feb. 22, 2013 | Photo by Rhonda Tommer, St. George News

ST. GEORGE –  The Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association’s first open golf tournament is scheduled for April 23 as a kind of 20th anniversary celebration and outreach for support of its ongoing efforts. The association, formed in 1994, purposes to interpret, educate and assist the public on the history and things of interest to and concerning the Southern Utah and Arizona Strip region and resources.

This tournament for the nonprofit organization will be held at the beautiful Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane.

“With federal funding declining, we have to raise funds in other ways,” D/ASIA Executive Director Ken Sizemore said. A golf tournament seems like a great way to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary, he said.

This tournament is open to everyone. Whether an expert or novice, man or woman, all are invited to come out and have fun while supporting a worthy cause. Singles can play for $125, foursomes for $500.

There are many activities planned for the day.  There will be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, lowest team score, as well as other contests.  The first person to achieve a hole-in-one will win a Subaru Crosstrek donated by  Findley Subaru of St. George. 

Sand Hollow Resort has been featured on the cover of Golf Week Magazine’s “Best Courses” edition, according to its website, and has been awarded “Utah’s Best Course” for two years in a row.

Following a morning of golf surrounded by Southern Utah beauty, lunch will be served, awards will be given and opportunity drawings will be held for a variety of prizes.  

Golfers must preregister by April 11. To preregister email golf@d-asia.org or telephone 435-688-3273. Players can begin signing in the day of the tournament at 7:30 a.m. Each golfer will receive a goodie bag at check-in time filled with a variety of goodies, and a golf cap and premium golf balls.

Three clocks in the D/ASIA-BLM office tell the time of Arizona, Nevada and Utah, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2014 | Photo by Rhonda Tommer, St. George News
Three clocks in the D/ASIA-BLM office tell the time of Arizona, Nevada and Utah, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2014 | Photo by Rhonda Tommer, St. George News

What is D/ASIA?

Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, located in the Interagency Information Center at 345 E. Riverside Dr. in St. George, is a nonprofit association that has worked with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and National Parks Service for the past 20 years to provide interpretation, education and customer service-related materials to area visitors and residents.

The Arizona Strip covers nearly 2 million acres in northwest Arizona with approximately 4,000 miles of unpaved roads.

The D/ASIA center offers a family-friendly atmosphere with a variety of educational displays of area wildlife and history, maps and atlases, books on local historical culture and a gift shop with books on hiking and camping, fishing and just about every type of outdoor recreation.

Gift shop located inside the DASIA/BLM building on Riverside Dr., St. George, Utah, Feb. 22, 2014 | Photo by Rhonda Tommer, St. George News
Gift shop located inside the DASIA/BLM building on Riverside Dr., St. George, Utah, Feb. 22, 2014 | Photo by Rhonda Tommer, St. George News

D/ASIA works to educate the public on what can and cannot be done on and how to be stewards of public lands.

For example, “we explain to people where they can and cannot use ATVs, where they can find flagstone and what materials regulations there are,” Sizemore said, “as well as answer general questions.” 

“Income generated from this store, as well as our other shops, go to the organization for interpretive items and in-kind services,” Program Coordinator Arlene Perry said.

Besides St. George, D/ASIA has locations in Kanab, Pine Valley and the Pria Contact Station 44 miles east of Kanab, Perry said. Those facilities are open seasonally.

“We encourage everyone to come by and visit our facility on Riverside Drive,” Sizemore said. It is open to the public year round.

Brown Bag Lectures

The first and third Friday of each month the St. George facility hosts a “Brown Bag Lecture Series,” offering discussions on the area’s flowers and birds, hiking trails and a variety of other topics.

Event recap

  • What: D/ASIA Golf Tournament at Sand Hollow Resort
  • When: April 23, 7:30 a.m. check-in, 9:00 a.m. golf
  • Where: Sand Hollow Resort, 5625 W. Clubhouse Dr., Hurricane
  • Cost and registration: $500 per foursome, or $125 per person
  • Preregistration deadline: April 11, 435-688-3273 or golf@d-asia.org

Contacts

  • For the golf tournament – Ken Sizemore, Telephone 435-688-3273
  • Bookstore, Brown Bag Lecture Series, programs – Telephone 435-688-3200 | 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George

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1 Comment

  • Bub February 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    They should start having golf tournament fundraisers to pay for the Lake Powell pipeline, then we as taxpayers won’t have to pay to water their golf courses. 😀

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