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ParaLong Drive Worlds Oct 16-17

posted by Aaron Baker

Defending National ParaLong Drive Champion Jared Brentz and runner-up Brendon Jacks will lead a field of disabled long drivers representing 10 countries onOct. 16-17, at the inaugural ParaLong Drive Worlds in Mesquite, Nevada. Brentz and Jacks will tee it up along with 60 amputees, paralyzed and blind golfers at the world's top Long Drive grid at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.

"There are many great story lines going into our first 'World' event, but everyone is anxious to see what Jared and Brendon can do in their rematch that will top their first two ParaLong Drive battles in Mesquite," said Bryan Dangerfield, Director of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Local Organizing Committee. "We also look forward to seeing many new competitors from overseas and women for the first time; and to see our wounded soldier and paramobile (paralyzed) divisions becoming even more competitive."

While Brentz, of Nashville, Tenn., won the first two ParaLong Drive titles, it was Jacks, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., who became the first amputee golfer to surpass the 400-yard mark with a 401-yard blast in the early rounds of the Nationals on May 9.  Jacks fell in the next round, but worked his way back to the Championship matchup versus Brentz and won, forcing a playoff in the double-elimination format.  It was during that playoff that Brentz let loose with a 409-yard drive to claim the overall title and became the longest driver ever in ParaLong Drive history.

Hoping to add "World Champion" to their ParaLong Drive Nationals divisional titles are Jesse Florkowski, one-arm unassisted (333 yards); Brad Clayton, one-arm assisted (295); Anthony Netto, paramobile two-arm champ (295); Jake O’Donnell, paramobile one-arm (221); Chris Osborne, leg-above the knee (332), Brendon Jacks, leg-below the knee (401), Jared Brentz, leg-multiple (409); Bob McDermott, leg and arm amputee (304); and Bill Davis, blind (324). Added for the Worlds event will be wounded soldier and women's divisions.

“I am very excited about the enormous opportunity that the City of Mesquite, Local Organizing Committee and the Eureka Casino Resort has provided for ParaLong Drive athletes to showcase their abilities at the world famous ‘Home of Long Drive’, the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex,” said Dean Jarvis, founder of Amputee Long Drive. “It’s more important than ever before to bring together amputee, blind, paralyzed, and other differently abled athletes around the world to achieve a goal that is long overdue…ParaLong Drive and Golf being in the Paralympics.”

Producing and sponsoring many events during the week is the Mesquite NV Local Organizing Committee, City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services, Eureka Casino Resort, Golf Mesquite Nevada, Mesquite Regional Business and other service organizations and businesses.

In addition to the U.S. and Canadian athletes, the international contingency represents Australia, England, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, South Africa, Scotland and Wales. Others may sign up in the next three weeks. 

The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership, based out of Fife, Scotland, has organized the contingency coming from overseas to participate in the ParaLong Drive Worlds.  After competing in the ParaLong Drive they will play a "Ryder Cup" format golf tournament called the Phoenix Cup.  It will feature disabled golfers playing rounds on Oct. 18-22 at the Palms and Palmer Courses in Mesquite with North America vs. the World.

There will be a last chance qualifier, skills challenge and a recreational division for disabled athletes who want to be a part of the ParaLong Drive experience.

A Welcome Dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., honoring athletes, sponsors and volunteers. The general public is also invited to hear inspirational stories and meet the athletes. Also in attendance will be members of the media and invited guests from the International Network of Golf and participants in the Mesquite Innovation & Technology Summit (MITS). The ParaLong Drive Worlds dinner is open to the public and tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets are available at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from any Local Organizing Committee volunteer.

The MITS event is headlined by teen inventor Easton LaChappelle, who will demonstrate the latest in brain-powered prosthetic robotic devices along with other presenters introducing leading-edge human performance innovations. MITS presentations are on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Eureka Casino Resort's Grand Canyon Room.  Admittance is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Mesquite Regional Business Inc. and the Eureka Casino Resort.

A complete schedule of events, including times for the ParaLong Drive competition on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, will be posted on the "Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive" Facebook page and at www.ParaLongDrive.org.

I-15 Open North and South

posted Sep 9, 2014, 3:32 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated ]

Interstate 15 is open both north and south to passenger and commercial traffic.  Traffic is following normally through these areas now.  Over-dimensional vehicles do need a permit prior to using this route.  Check NDOT's website for the latest information and traffic conditions - https://www.nevadadot.com/

RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

posted Aug 28, 2014, 1:40 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 11:30 AM ]


From September 20 to 27, athletes from across the globe will descend on Mesquite for a chance to become the longest driver on Earth.  Competitors will tee off from the world-renowned grid at the Mesquite Sports and Event Complex.  Bounded by Flat Top Mesa on two sides, the grid offers golfers a chance to drive the ball over 450 yards.  The competition and the facility are second to none.

Click for more information about the event and the broadcast schedule.

Mesquite hosts Region 2 Long Drive Qualifier on Friday and Saturday

posted Aug 5, 2014, 3:27 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 3:06 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite will host the Region 2 qualifier for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship on Friday and Saturday at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex. Friday will feature three Open Division sessions with the first one from 7:30-9 a.m., 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday’s session begins at 7 a.m. 

The top Open Division competitors from this Regional Championship, representing California and Nevada, will earn spots in the 2014 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship field in Mesquite on Sept 20-27.

The Golf Channel, in their second year of extensive Long Drive coverage, designated October as “Long Drive Month.” The Golf Channel will show player feature stories and cover all the drama and action during events in Mesquite and will premier four distinct shows on Tuesday nights on Oct. 14, 21, 28 and on Nov. 4 (live).

“We welcome the longest golfers on the planet and their fans to the best Long Drive facility in the world at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex,” said Bryan Dangerfield, Mesquite Director of Athletics & Leisure Services. “Long Drive is a fan-friendly sport--it gives golf an adrenaline rush, the athletes are up close and personal and there is one objective; whoever crushes the longest ball, conquers all. We are anxious to see who will qualify to come back for Championship Week in September.”

In addition to earning a spot in the World Championship Field, a $2,000 purse is up for grabs with first place $1,000; second place $600, third place $400.

Mesquite has hosted the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships for the past 19 years, the last seven were on the Grid at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex (which was constructed in 2008).

For more information about the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, visit www.longdrivers.com or contact Long Drivers of America directly at 682.549.2105.

Eureka Casino Resort will host a patriotic night under the stars with the Nevada POPS Orchestra on July 4th

posted Jun 24, 2014, 11:37 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:55 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

For the fifth consecutive year, Eureka Casino Resort is proud to host, “Rockets over the Red Mesa” on Friday, July 4th. The Nevada POPS Orchestra will be back again this year with a full 31 piece orchestra performing a 75 minute program celebrating 100 years of American music.  

The live performance will begin at 8:00 pm followed by fireworks at 9:00 pm. The orchestra will accompany the fireworks show. The fireworks and concert are free to attend and is a continuing gift to the local community.  “The Nevada POPS have been a staple in Southern Nevada for more than 20 years and bringing them to Mesquite is something we are honored to do.  Celebrating through music is a fantastic way to bring our community together,” said Eureka co-founder, Doris Lee. 

Arrive early and enjoy the Backyard BBQ Premier Buffet in Town Square.  The buffet will feature favorites such as BBQ chicken, ribs, hamburgers and hot dogs.  The buffet will be open from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Also, don’t miss the charity vendor village from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and charity hot dog eating contest at 7:15 pm located behind the casino.     

The viewing area will be set up behind Eureka Casino. Bring your own chairs. Everyone is invited to attend. Weather permitting. 

About Eureka Casino Resort

Family owned and operated since 1997, the Eureka Casino Resort is a newly renovated, 214 room resort located in Mesquite, Nevada. The hotel recently renovated each guest room, and built a resort pool and cabanas with scenic views of mesquite’s red-topped mesas.  The casino is designed for guest comfort and features slot and video poker machines; table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, and more. The casino has Mesquite’s only 24-hour poker room with a race and sports book. The Eureka offers three full service restaurants: the all new Town Square Buffet; The Mason Street Courtyard; and Eureka’s signature restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Eureka hosts weddings, corporate gatherings, and golf groups in its newly remodeled Grand Canyon Ballroom, Aquarium Meeting Room, and other meeting venues. Additional information is available online at www.EurekaMesquite.com

Mesquite Named Bicycle Friendly

posted Jun 5, 2014, 10:07 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 4:22 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite - The League of American Bicyclists

As thousands participate in Bike to Work Week nationwide, the League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards, including Mesquite, Nevada at the bronze level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community. 

 This round of applications overwhelmingly confirms what we heard from local elected officials at the National Bike Summit this year -- riding a bike embodies the quality-of-life aspirations of communities across the country,” said League President, Andy Clarke. “Making this healthy and active transportation mode safe and easy is of growing importance to the 8 million residents of New York City and the 6,000 people in Franklin, Pa. alike. We’re excited that Mesquite has made the smart and vital investments to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community.”

 The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states across America. The bronze BFC award recognizes Mesquite’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

 Over the past several months, a group of local residents formed an ad-hoc bicycle advisory group.  They worked closely with various government agencies during the development of the Mesquite’s bikeways development plan.  Ultimately, the city council approved the community-wide bikeways development plan.  Simultaneously, the group also obtained the bronze level of designation from the League of American Bicyclists for Mesquite as a bicycle friendly community.  Ken Cook a member of the group said, “As private citizens, Nancy Hewitt and Bunny Wiseman, were integral in helping the plan get approved and the designation awarded.”  Cook went on to say, “This recognition enhances Mesquite’s reputation as a great place to live, work and play.”

 Any residents interested in getting involved with the group, please contact Ken Cook – kmcook04@hotmail.com or Richard Secrist – rsecrist@mesquitenv.gov.

 The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 769 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

 To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

Stay Active in the Summer

posted May 15, 2014, 1:50 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated May 19, 2014, 9:02 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite Rec Center Outdoor Pool

What can you do to stay active in the summer months in Mesquite? With school winding down for the year and families planning their summer schedules and vacations, the Mesquite Recreation Center has a variety of classes and activities for youth, adults and seniors.

With the temperatures going up, the most popular summer time activity in Mesquite is to cool off in the outdoor or indoor pools at the Recreation Center.  The popular Outdoor Pool has a swirl slide, water toys and beach entry. The outdoor pool has early morning lap swim from 5:15 to 7 a.m., Manta Rays swim team practice and swim classes from 7 a.m. to Noon on Monday-Friday.  Starting Memorial Day weekend, the outdoor pool will be available to the public for open swimming (slide, water toys, etc.), starting at noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Summer Camp is popular for youth ages 4-11 and is held at the Recreation Center and Deuce Gymnasium at the Mesquite Campus.  There are three sessions held throughout the summer and include swimming, crafts and fun games.

Including the indoor and outdoor pools, the Recreation Center is a 56,000 Square Foot facility with two full-size basketball courts with 12 baskets and markings for Pickleball, volleyball and badminton. A fully-equipped fitness room features treadmills, bikes, elliptical and rowing machines.  The Rec Center also houses rooms for circuit training, two racquetball courts, table tennis, Foosball, karate and dance.  There are also fitness classes for every age level.

One of the more popular and growing sports in Mesquite is Pickleball.  The Rec Center Gym has drop-in Pickleball games on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A limited number of paddles and balls are available for the first-time players at the Rec Center.

When the weather is too hot outside to golf, it’s only $5 per round to use the “Full Swing” Golf Simulator to brush up on skills in the practice computer module or to play in online golf tournaments.  The computer also keeps an online handicap and allows users to track their progress.

There are City league games for coed and men’s softball wood bat leagues. There are many fitness classes still available in the summer for Zumba, Yoga, dance, Gymnastics, water aerobics and much more.

Call the Rec Center staff at (702) 346-8732 or check out Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation for the most current activities and updates. 

Vacant City Council Seat

posted May 14, 2014, 3:14 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated May 19, 2014, 9:04 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite City Hall.  Courtesy of Jack Vetterli
The Mesquite City Clerk is currently accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on the Mesquite City Council. Applications are due to the City Clerk by Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Based on the submitted applications, the Mayor and Council will appoint an individual to serve a 30-month term during the Tuesday, May 27, 2014 City Council meeting.

The vacancy was created when Council member Al Litman was nominated and installed as Mayor at the May 13, 2014 City Council meeting. (Mayor Mark Wier resigned effective May 12, 2014.)

According the Mesquite City Clerk Cherry Lawson, there are a number of qualifications that must be met in order to be considered. Some of the basic qualifications are that an individual first must be a resident of the City of Mesquite and have been for a period of one year preceding the appointment; second, an individual must be a qualified elector, i.e., at least eighteen (18) years of age and a citizen of the United States; and third, an individual must not be a debtor to the City. Lawson went on to say, “The Clerk’s Office is happy to sit down with interested individuals and help them verify their eligibility and answer any specific questions that they may have.”

Applications are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, NV or can be downloaded below.

ParaLong Drive Nationals - May 8-9, 2014

posted May 5, 2014, 3:23 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated May 12, 2014, 8:53 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Next week Mesquite will showcase the Olympic and Paralympic movements with a Welcome Dinner and an Olympic Day Opening Ceremony as part of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Nationals competition.

Host cities were selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee and Mesquite proposed to hold its celebration early in conjunction with the ParaLong Drive Nationals. The competition features 24 of the top disabled long ball golfers in the country.

“Anyone who loves Olympic-style competition will enjoy participating in the Olympic Day celebration with our ParaLong Drive athletes,” said Bryan Dangerfield, Mesquite Director of Athletics & Leisure Services and Local Organizing Committee chair. “The dinner will give our volunteers and spectators an opportunity to greet our ParaLong Drivers, wish them well and let them know how much we enjoy having them compete in Mesquite.”

Olympic Day festivities begin with the Welcome Dinner on Thursday, May 8 in the Grand Canyon Room at the Eureka Casino Resort. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Dinner are being sold at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from Local Organizing Committee members for a $30 donation per person.

Admission is free to the ParaLong Drive competition and Opening Ceremonies which begin at 8 a.m., on Friday, May 9, at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.

“We are honored to be a part Olympic/Paralympic Day and hope that someday ParaLong Drive may be the perfect compromise to introduce golf for disabled athletes to the Paralympics.” said Dean Jarvis, founder of the Amputee Long Drive Championship. “While many people are familiar that golf is an Olympic sport, starting in 2016 in Rio, very few realize it was excluded from the Paralympics.”

In addition to the Olympic Day and ParaLong Drive celebration, Dangerfield said the Dinner is also a “Thank You” to the many volunteers and especially the Local Organizing Committee comprised of area coordinators. They are: Gary Culver (Venue Design and Tee Box setup), Lenora Hutchins (Volunteer coordination, scoring), Dennis Baylor (Grid & Callers), Allen Bell (Timing, PA assistance, Awards), Parry Taylor (Driving Range), Gloria George, Ann Rice (Hospitality), Frank Toddre (Host Hotel/Dinner), Terri Rylander (Marketing and Media Relations), and Geno Withelder (Welcoming Ceremonies).

The next disabled long drive event will be July 17-18 for the Amputee Long Drive Championships in Sevierville, Tenn. The event comes back to the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex for the ParaLong Drive Worlds on Oct. 16-17, when North will tee off with athletes from Scotland, England, Netherlands, Greece, Pakistan, Spain and New Zealand for their respective World titles.

Other disabled golf championships will be held on golf courses in Mesquite this year with the North American One-Armed Golf Association National Championship event in June and the North American Disability Golf Partnership will have their Phoenix Cup Golf Tournament in October (North America vs. Rest of the world in a Ryder Cup format).

For additional information log on to www.amputeelongdrivechampionships.com and https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVParaLongDrive or call (702) 346-8732.

Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Nationals 2014 Schedule


May 8, Thursday

Welcome Athletes, Olympic Day, “Thank You” Volunteers
Eureka Casino Resort – Grand Canyon Room
Public Welcome-- $30 per ticket

Cocktail Reception, 6 p.m.
Welcome Dinner, 7-9 p.m.

May 9, Friday

Olympic Day Celebration
ParaLong Drive Nationals
Mesquite Sports & Event Complex, 1635 Bertha How Avenue
Public Welcome, Admission Free

Opening Ceremonies, 8 a.m.

Competition Begins, 8:30 a.m.
Super Qualifier: Paralyzed, Arm, Leg Divisions
Championship Rounds, Match Play

Award Ceremonies, approximately 12:30-1 p.m.

Match Play Champions from Double-Elimination Rounds: Leg, Arm, Paramobile Paralyzed

Super Qualifier Champions: Open, Open: 40-49, Open: 50 plus, Multiple Amputee, Arm & Leg Amputee, Leg-Above Knee, Leg-Below Knee, Arm-Assisted, Arm–Unassisted, Wounded Veteran, Blind, Quadruple Amputee

April is Mesquite Senior Games Month

posted Mar 27, 2014, 10:42 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 4:41 PM ]

In its 13th year, the Mesquite Senior Games features 12 sports throughout the month of April.  With a few exceptions, the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for men’s and women’s divisions in five-year age increments.

Mesquite Senior Games director, Frank Pati, event managers and other volunteers are dedicated to promoting the city of Mesquite and the health and social well-being of those “age 50 and better.”

Athletic venue hosts are the city of Mesquite (Basketball Skills, Fitness Walk, Long Drive, Softball, Tennis and Road Race); Hidden Valley Ranch (Target Pistol), Sun City Mesquite (Bocce Ball, Bridge and Pickleball), Virgin River Casino (Bowling) and Virgin Valley High School/Clark County School District (Track & Field).

For more information go to: http://www.mesquiteseniorgames.org/

Schedule 2014

Apr 1: Bocce Ball
Apr 2-5: Tennis
Apr 3: Long Drive
Apr 11: Basketball Skills
Apr 11-12: Bowling
Apr 12: Target Pistol
Apr 12: Track & Field
Apr 12-13: Women's Softball
Apr 14-15: Bridge
Apr 19: Road Race, 5K/10K, All-Ages
Apr 19: Fitness Walk, All-Ages
Apr 28-30: Pickleball
May 14-18: Men's Softball

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