Tony Finau, Utah Sports Commission teaming up to host Finau’s annual Golf Classic pro-am this June

Utah native is furthering his cause to help future young golfers get introduced to the links

Tony Finau reacts after his putt on the 13th hole during the third round for the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Tony Finau is bringing his star power home this summer.

On Wednesday it was announced that the 29-year-old professional golfer from Salt Lake City is teaming up with the Utah Sports Commission to help host Finau’s annual Golf Classic pro-am on Monday, June 24, at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington. It’s the same week as the 2019 Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship, which is scheduled to take place June 24-30. The Utah Championship is also scheduled to host pro-am events on Wednesday, June 26 before the event officially tees off on Thursday, June 27.

"Combining the Tony Finau Foundation Golf Classic with the Utah Championship event will create the biggest week of the year for Utah golf," said Finau in a news release. "Thanks to the Utah Sports Commission for the partnership that will help all of us give back to our communities — that's what it's all about."

Finau, who now lives in Lehi, is coming off a four-way tie for fifth place at the Masters last month and was in a final-day trio alongside eventual winner Tiger Woods at Augusta.

Last June, the Web.com Utah Championship announced its partnership with the Tony Finau Foundation, designed to support aspiring golfers from the state of Utah. Finau has since teamed up with various other PGA tour pros from Utah to help future golfers who may not have the financial means necessary to make their way onto a course. The Utah Championship tournament has also had a potion of its proceeds to fund the Finau Foundation’s efforts.

According to a news release, The Tony Finau Foundation has raised nearly $500,000 to provide thousands of children and their families with financial support, increased access to academic and recreational resources, family centered experiences, and connection to a professional athlete whose personal background mirrors their own.

“As Tony has become one of the best golfers on tour, he has demonstrated his strong desire to help grow the sport here at home,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “Relocating the 2019 Tony Finau Foundation Golf Classic to be played the same week and on the same course as the Utah Championship creates a great opportunity for golf fans in our state to get a taste of professional golf and see what these tremendous athletes can do. We are thrilled to continue to support Tony’s Foundation which meets the needs of Utah’s youth and golf community.”