6th Annual Utukkuu Snow Golf Challenge
A One-Of-A-Kind Alaskan Fundraiser for a worthy cause
Anchorage, AK- The Aqqaluk Trust is holding its sixth annual Utukkuu Snow Golf Challenge on Friday, March 6th. This Fur Rondy event brings 10,000 years of Iñupiaq culture to the links and raises much-needed funds for educational scholarships and language and cultural preservation programs that enrich the residents of Alaska and the Northwest Arctic Region.
Iñupiaq for little, Utukkuu (oo-tuh-koo) is an 11-hole, golf tournament with fifty to seventy-five yard holes. The game is unique in that it is a one-of-a-kind winter golf game with 3 Iñupiat challenge holes thrown in the mix. At one hole players must wear Eskimo-style sunglasses to putt, and at another, players must try their hunting skills using laser biathlon. After the two rounds golf, all participants gather to try their skills at the Harpoon Hole-In-One competition. The winner of the contest receives a unique piece of Iñupiat art and bragging rights!
Players are allowed to use two clubs and the tournament will be played on the Delaney Park Strip with the NANA building serving as the “club house.” There will be lunch and an awards & prizes ceremony at the NANA building as well. Twenty-two teams of 4 will be vying for the elite distinction of Utukkuu Snow Golf Master.
All proceeds for the event will go to fund college scholarships, and Iñupiaq language & culture preservation programs at the Aqqaluk Trust.
March 6th Event Schedule: Delaney Park Strip & NANA Headquarters 909 West 9th Avenue
10 to 11:30: First round of golf begins with a shotgun start
11:30 to 1PM: Lunch in NANA Headquarters
1 PM: Second round of golf begins with a shotgun start
2:30 PM: Harpoon Hole-In-One Contest
3:00 PM: Awards & Prizes Ceremony
About the Aqqaluk Trust
The Aqqaluk Trust is 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