Monday, September 21, 2015

Annual Gail Miller Golf Tournament Benefits SLCC Students

Salt Lake Community College Foundation recently held its annual Gail Miller Utah Leadership Cup golf tournament at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy and raised more than $140,000 for student scholarships.

Odassis Cheeks (l-r), SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin, Alyssa Wandell, and Gail Miller

“It is truly humbling and inspiring to see this tournament grow each year with the involvement of more and more community members who recognize the value of helping to educate students at SLCC,” said Alison McFarlane, vice president of Institutional Advancement at SLCC. “It’s also a thrill to see the golfers taking the opportunity to speak with SLCC students – the beneficiaries of their donations – throughout the day on the golf course.”

SLCC student ambassadors greeted golfers from 38 registered teams at each hole to talk about the College and their goals. Two SLCC basketball players hit long drives for some teams. Radio hosts David James and Patrick Kinahan interviewed Miller and SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin during an on-site broadcast of The Zone Sports Network.

“I thought the golf tournament was a great way to get the community involved and to help them see the importance as well as the need that we as students have at SLCC,” said SLCC student Alyssa Wandell, a Jordan High School graduate who wants to be a nurse someday. She was stationed at a hole on the course with fellow SLCC student leader Odassis Cheeks. “Higher education is completely necessary and it is completely expensive and it’s not always easy to get a scholarship,” she continued. “So, I think it’s fantastic that we had the golf tournament because it gives students the opportunity to make their goals a reality.”

A golfer tees off at Hidden Valley Country Club for the annual Gail Miller Leadership Cup

Four-person teams began the day with a shotgun start and played an 18-hole team scramble format. Utah Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Ron Boone were on the course throughout the day to take a few swings for golfers who made donations to the scholarship fund. . The Utah Jazz Bear, Jazz Dancers and the Salt Lake Tribune’s Kurt Kragthorpe also took part in the event, named in honor of Gail Miller, who chairs the SLCC Board of Trustees.

The winning teams for the three flights were: Sinclair/Grand America; George S. & Dolores Eccles Foundation; MountainStar Healthcare; Boyer Company; Roger McQueen Group; and Komatsu Equipment. Three generations of the M. Dale Ensign family played on the same team this year. For more information or to become involved in next year’s event, contact Nancy Michalko, Executive Director of Development at (801) 957-4247 or