The event is the brainchild of Total Blue Sports member Gene Slater. Last year, Gene functioned as tournament director, and worked closely with Steve Comer and Kevin Long of The Jason Long Foundation to put together the inaugural event in less than six weeks.
This year, the Tournament Committee has forged a relationship with The Alpine Country Club. Tournament fees are $125 for a single and $500 for a foursome. The fee includes a full breakfast and buffet lunch at the Country Club along with 18 holes of golf on one of Utah County's finest courses. In addition, there will be a silent auction, live auction and raffle with great prizes available. It promises to be a very entertaining day. All proceeds from the tournament go to fund the Jason Long Foundation, which supports leukemia research, as well as funding a BYU football scholarship.
Although the tournament will be held in a magnificent, exclusive setting with lots of nice prizes and wonderful meals, the greatest draw is definitely the BYU sports legends and celebrities that attend. Last year Reno Mahe hosted an episode of Cougar Diaries from the links while playing in this tournament. Other former NFL and BYU greats such as Cameron Jensen, Dustin Johnston, James Dye and Johnny Harline, just to name a few, were also present last year to golf and mingle with participants. This year will include many former football stars, as well as adding some current and former basketball players to the mix.
The 2009 Jason Long Memorial Tournament Director is Kevin Motto of Lindon, Utah. Kevin is being assisted by a committee of a dozen volunteers. This year the group has been planning since January for the event.
"The BYU Legends Tournament is improving on every front," said Steve Comer. "By utilizing the exclusive facilities of the Alpine Country Club we are able to improve the overall quality of our tournament, as well as the services we provide to our participants and sponsors. Our goal last year was to create an event that everyone would enjoy and want to return to year after year. We feel we have accomplished that. Our goal this year is to be numbered among the best tournaments in Utah."
Jason Long was an all-state safety at Lone Peak High School, and graduated the same year as former Lone Peak standout and current BYU basketball star Jackson Emery. The two were close friends and had planned to continue their athletic careers together at BYU. Jason left immediately after high school to serve a mission in Pennsylvania. While on his mission he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia. The illness took his life one year later. This annual tournament is held in his honor.
Proceeds from this special event fund a football scholarship at BYU, three smaller scholarships at Utah high schools and, this year, the foundation has been asked to make a major contribution to assist in leukemia research. Your contributions through participation as players and/or sponsors will be greatly appreciated.
To register for the tournament and support the Jason Long Foundation, go to www.jasonlongfoundation.org and click on the golf tournament link. If you are interested in available tournament sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kevin Long at 801-400-2080.