Third Annual Utukkuu Snow Golf Challenge FUNdraiser for The Aqqaluk Trust is Friday, March 2nd
Harpoon a hole in one to help provide scholarships and Alaska Native Language Preservation
Pay it forward: and what is a better way to do that than to play a round of golf. On Friday, March 2, the Aqqaluk Trust will host the third annual Utukkuu Snow-Golf Challenge a 9-hole golf course where the fairways are glistening white instead of fresh green.
Iñupiaq for little, Utukkuu (oo-tuh-koo) is a golf tournament with fifty to seventy-five yard holes. Players use two clubs and the tournament will be played on the powder at University Lake Park, near the University Lake SpringHill Suites. There will be lunch and an awards ceremony at the hotel. Eighteen teams of 3 will be vying for the elite distinction of Utukkuu Snow Golf Master at this uniquely Alaskan event. Two-time winner Bradley Reid & Associates will be attending in hopes of earning a three-peat!
This Fur Rondy event brings 10,000 years of Iñupiaq culture to the links. At one pin players must wear Eskimo-style sunglasses to putt, and at another, players must master the skill of Eskimo yo-yos.
All proceeds for the event will go to fund college scholarships, and Iñupiaq language and culture preservation programs at the Aqqaluk Trust.
The Trust was founded in memory of Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr., one of the great Iñupiat leaders from the Northwest Arctic region of Alaska. He believed that the success of future generations depends on the best of both worlds: preservation of the ways of their ancestors and education in modern skills and technology
There are still spots available for players, but act quickly. They are filling fast.
Posted: February 29, 2012