BYU great Steve Young back in town for charity golf tournament

2014-06-24T06:00:00Z BYU great Steve Young back in town for charity golf tournamentJared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
June 24, 2014 6:00 am  • 

As a Hall of Fame quarterback at BYU and in the NFL, Steve Young learned the power of visualization.

He joked Monday before the 2014 HGGC Steve Young Mountain Classic -- his annual charity golf tournament at the beautiful Red Ledges Golf Club in Heber -- that he hoped that would carry over to his golf.

"I've got to play next month in the Tahoe event," Young said. "I haven't played much golf, but I've been in the backyard fiddling a lot and I've been dreaming about it every night. They say golf is an existential game. We're going to find out how true that is because in my mind, I'm ready to go."

While Young might've been hoping for a solid round, no one had a better day than Doug Quinones. He started out by winning the celebrity putting contest, but as nice as that was, the big moment came on No. 15. 

That was when Quinones stepped to the 186-yard par-3 and drilled a hole in one, winning a 2015 Kia K900 Sedan valued at $60,000 provided by Doug Smith Auto.

Moments like that are unforgettable, but the real benefit comes off the golf course.

The event raises money Young's Forever Young Foundation and Sophie's Place, a room for hospitalized kids to enjoy music therapy. That's become something the Hall of Fame quarterback said has had an amazing effect in its first location at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

"It's been overrun with demand for music therapy," Young said. "I can't even describe to you the miracles that are happening and the things they can do. They write hundreds of prescriptions every day for kids to go get the medicine of music and it's changing lives. It's really crazy to even fathom but it's a really neat thing."

He said that when he's been at Sophie's Place, he sees the kids transported beyond the confines of the hospital.

"The kids disappear and that's one of the things we love about Sophie's Place," he said. "Remember Sophie used to go up and spend the time playing for the kids before she passed away. When they go in there, I think half of the healing is that they just disappear from the hospital. They forget where they are. That's the magic."

Young added that seeing the players arrive to support the efforts of the foundation means a lot to him.

"It's really important to see the cars pull up," he said. "We need the support. We have a budget every year and the events are how we make it happen. People get to play some golf and win a prize and have a fun day, but they see it too. They know where the money is going. We are given the money because we know exactly where it is going."

He also couldn't say enough about the efforts of Red Ledges chief operating officer Mitchel Burns and the beautiful facility where the event has taken place the last few years.

"We have to thank Mitchel Burns and the Red Ledges folks for having us out," Young said. "They always make us feel pretty special. We're not a huge organization. The Forever Young Foundation has been at it for 25 years but we do really lean, mean great work for kids. We don't waste a lot of money. They make it look like we really punch above our weight. We really appreciate them helping us out. We raised well over a third of our budget in one year, so we're really grateful."

Burns, for his part, said that Red Ledges is thrilled to have Young and the Forever Young Foundation come and put on the event every year.

"Every year it gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better," Burns said. "It's always great to have him. He always brings Johnny Miller out, who is a good friend to us. We like to do whatever we can to reach out and support the community around us."

Burns said seeing what the foundation has done with Sophie's Place also has close ties to Red Ledges.

"Anne-Marie Barton, Sophie's mother, did all the interior design work here," Burns said. "We were close with her, so to be able to have Steve and Anne-Marie together and to see what they've built and how we can support that was just tremendous. The work they are doing is just incredible."

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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