CEDAR CITY, Utah, Dec. 27 - Southern Utah University
President Michael T. Benson and the Thunderbird golf program have made it a Merry
Christmas at Cedar Ridge Golf Course as they have teamed to donate 12,000 new
range balls - complete with the SUU athletic logo - to Cedar Ridge golf
professional John Evans and the facility.
As the SUU golf teams' local home, Cedar Ridge was a logical
beneficiary of the gift, Benson pointed out.
"Given the unselfish relationship the University has enjoyed
with John and Cedar Ridge over the years we felt this was a proper way to say
thank you for their support of our student-athletes and our programs," Benson
said. "We hope to continue this as an annual gesture of thanks from the University
to the community."
The relationship between Cedar Ridge and the SUU golf
program has been beneficial to both through the years, Evans said, pointing out
that the SUU golf teams have "donated many hours and spent a lot of time
dressing up the golf course, doing the little things that our superintendent
and his crew just don't have the time for.
"Cedar Ridge and Cedar City want to thank the University for
all the things they have done for us over the years," Evans noted. "It's a
privilege for us to have the University's players on our course. We're proud of
the way they represent Cedar City and the University."
"Cedar Ridge has been very supportive of not only our golf
programs, but of many programs at the University," SUU Golf Coach Richard
Church noted. "The staff at Cedar Ridge goes out of its way to host us and other
worthy causes in the community. We're excited about the opportunity to pay a
little back to the course.
"Now, whenever people hit range balls at Cedar Ridge,
they're going to be reminded of SUU," Church added.
Each of the 12,000 Strata balls is adorned with a full-color
version of the familiar SUU T-Bird logo, as well as the familiar black stripes
designating their range-ball status.
Despite their obvious range-ball status, Evans said he won't
be surprised if a few more than normal "disappear" due to their unique
"We lose a lot of range balls every year, to holes and
damage, but I won't be surprised if a few more of these, especially at first,
turn up missing," he said with a smile. "At least when people see them they'll
know where they came from."