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More golfers tee up at Rez tournament

More golfers tee up at Rez tournament
Navajo Times | Ravonelle Yazzie Nine year-old Ivan Bedoni gets ready to swing his golf club to hit the ball across the longest drive on Saturday during the 7th annual Rez Golf Tournament in Steamboat, Arizona.

Navajo Times | Ravonelle Yazzie
Nine year-old Ivan Bedoni gets ready to swing his golf club to hit the ball across the longest drive on Saturday during the 7th annual Rez Golf Tournament in Steamboat, Arizona.

STEAMBOAT, Ariz.

After bringing golfers from around the rez for the last six years, Wagon Trail at Lonesome Pine Golf Course has seen an increase in golfers.

“We’ve had more golfers this year than any other year,” said Joe Benally, owner of Lonesome Pine Golf Course.

Benally said The 7th annual Rez Golf Tournament brought in 66 players making 33 teams, the largest the Steamboat tournament has gotten in all its years since its commission.
Now the organizers are questioning if a one-day tournament will be necessary for next year.

“We had a lot more competition. Now we’re in the talks of hosting a two-day tournament,” said Benally, adding the possibility of hosting two separate tournaments in one year.

Golfers from all over the rez and nation came to be a part of tournament, some camping out from Mesa, Arizona, while another made the trek from Indiana.

With the temperatures reaching near triple digits at Lonesome Pine Golf course, a few clouds shielded the sun but failed to stop nearly 60 golfers from enjoying the annual Rez Golf Tournament.


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