Victor Valley College Foundation Thanks Supporters With High Desert’s First FREE Charity Golf Tournament

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)— Victor Valley College Foundation is excited to announce it will host for the first time ever a truly free golf tournament. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Valley Hi Golf Open. The Foundation sees this milestone as a unique opportunity to thank some of its key donors.

In the past decade, the Valley Hi Golf Open has raised more than $100,000 to support the Victor Valley College Foundation’s mission. This funding has provided academic scholarships, supported grants to college faculty and staff for innovative educational projects, purchased equipment and helped students participate in life-changing experiences.

“It’s the perfect time to say thank you in a big way, but in order to make this one-of-a-kind event possible, we still needed to ensure the tournament to be underwritten by a generous sponsor,” said Executive Director Ginger Ontiveros. “Our friends and long time golf tournament partners Valley Hi Auto Group, Toyota Motor Sales, Toyota Financial Services and El Dorado Broadcasters were eager to help make this happen.”

The idea was prompted by the Foundation’s Board President Val Christensen. As an active member of the High Desert community and owner of Johnnie D’s Restaurant in Apple Valley, Christensen saw the value in the Foundation giving back. “This is an opportunity for both Board Members and Foundation staff to truly thank donors for their many years of support,” said Christensen.

Head Golf Coach at Victor Valley College and Professional Director of Golf at Spring Valley Lake Country Club Gregg Combs says the Foundation’s tournament is unprecedented. “I’ve been at the club for the past 30 years and I have never seen it been done before,” Combs said. “There have been many company outings inviting people they do business with to play golf but as far as a non-profit offering a free golf tournament, I have never seen it done. It’s a great way to say thank-you to the community.”

Golfers may still support the Foundation through optional on-course contests, mulligan packages and raffle prizes but there is no charge for golf, continental breakfast and lunch. “Golfers are going to have a lot of fun with some of the ideas we have come up with for our on-course contests,” said Ontiveros. “We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say the players will learn a lot about many of the programs their donations have supported.”

The event will take place on Monday June 4th at Spring Valley Lake Country Club. Check in time is 7:30 am and tee off is at 9:00 am. Please contact Catherine Abbott at Victor Valley College Foundation if you are interested in donating prizes for the raffle. (760) 245-4271 x 2146 or

The event is by invitation only.

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