HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Golf enthusiasts have a chance to do what they love best next month and to serve God at the same time.
"Golf for God" is planned for 8 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base, but the time to register is now.
"Golf for God" is the first official fundraiser of a five-year-old nondenominational ministry called God ... Uncomplicated: A Christian Perspective for College Students."
The effort was started by Layton resident Charles Freeman and designed to reach out to college students who he said today are bombarded with anti-religion and anti-Christian messages.
"The need in that demographic is overwhelming," said Freeman, director and founder of the ministry. "College kids really have a tough time."
The ministry focuses on sharing its message through its website, advertising in college newspapers and rallies with seasoned speakers.
"Other ministries are overloaded," Freeman said, explaining his desire to help various other groups in reaching this crowd.
"Our society is getting to the point where we just accept what we think rather than standing on core facts," said God ... Uncomplicated board member Neil Werenskjold said, in explaining the need to get the Christian message out in the community.
"They judge Christians on what they are against rather than what we are for," Werenskjold said.
"We are FOR people, and God is for people and has given us guidelines to live by. There are things in the Bible. ... We're finding out little by little that those things are good for us in the long run."
Werenskjold told of how accepting Jesus Christ changed his life. He hopes to bring the same change to others.
"I've never experienced so much peace as I have now," he said. "Basically, what we are trying to show people is God is for us, not against us."
The message is simple, "To encourage, equip and see lives transformed by planting seeds of faith in the hearts of young people who will boldly take a stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ," states the ministry's website.
The golf tournament costs $85 for each player, which includes breakfast, lunch and 18 holes of golf as well as an opportunity to win prizes, including a $7,000 hole-in-one prize and prizes for long drives at two holes and for closest to the pin at two additional holes.
Golfers will compete in four- person teams. The top five teams will receive awards.
Those interested in competing may register online at http://goduncomplicated.com/archives/913.
Registration, including contact information, also may be mailed to P.O. Box 1391, Layton, UT 84041-6391.
More information may be obtained by calling Dave Taylor at 801-771-4459.
Payment must be received no later than Aug. 12 to secure a spot in the tournament.
Organizers are looking for additional hole sponsors. For $100, sponsors will have their company advertised at one of the tournament holes.
Potential sponsors also may contact Taylor at the number above.