January 27, 2017


PHOENIX, Ariz. – Tournament Director Brian Vranesh announced today that the first ever Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Scottsdale AZ Open will tee it up at Talking Stick Golf Club (North Course) in Scottsdale, May 22-25, 2017.  The 54-hole event will feature a field of 156 players, with a cut to the low 50 players and ties after 36 holes.  The tournament has a guaranteed purse of $125,000 – with $20,000 going to first place. 

“Our mission is to provide a first-class competitive golf tournament for touring professionals, while supporting worthwhile charities in our local community,” Vranesh said.  “We are excited to host this tournament in such a great golf community like Scottsdale and our goal is to grow this event into one of the largest non-PGA TOUR affiliated tournaments in the United States.”

The Scottsdale AZ Open will begin with a Pro-Am on May 22, followed by the three-day, 54-hole tournament, which will crown a champion on Thursday, May 25.  Entry fees start at $795 and will go up each time 25 players have registered.  The final 44 spots will be awarded through a qualifier. 

“We are extremely proud to have such a great title sponsor and partner like Desert Schools Federal Credit Union and thankful that with their support we can offer a guaranteed purse of $125,000,” Vranesh said. 

Vranesh is no stranger to professional golf – he has played in 20 career PGA TOUR events, 73 Tour events and a number of Gateway Tour events in Arizona. 

“Brian and his team know how to host a golf tournament and how to do it the right way, and we are excited about this new partnership,” said Ron Amstutz, Executive Vice President of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.  “While hosting a top-notch golf tournament is the main goal, the tournament shares Desert Schools passion in giving back to the community and helping local charities, so this partnership was a natural fit.”

The Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Scottsdale AZ Open is a three-day, 54-hole tournament that will take place May 22-25, 2017, at Talking Stick Golf Club.  The tournament will feature 156 professionals vying for a guaranteed purse of $125,000, with $20,000 going to the winner.  For more information visit





Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Celebrating its 77th year in Arizona, Desert Schools is Arizona’s largest credit union with $4 billion in assets, more than 300,000 members and branch locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Schools prides itself on providing stellar service to its member-owners while actively taking a role in the community to improve lives through non-profit partnerships and financial literacy efforts in the Valley and beyond. Learn more at



Desert Schools Foundation is the sole sponsor of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital 1 Darn Cool School Program, which allows patients to experience a traditional classroom setting while in treatment.  The accredited teaching staff works with more than 10,000 patients each year in the hospital classroom to help keep children academically on track and alleviate any anxiety about falling behind.  1 Darn Cool School provides year-round individual instruction for all students grades K-12 and even offers various art classes on Fridays known as “Fine Arts Fridays”. 


Should patients not be able to leave their beds, teachers are able to visit patient rooms to provide academic assistance. Additionally, the teachers facilitate each patient's transition back to their regular learning environment once they are ready to leave the hospital.  Phoenix Children’s Hospital has the distinction of being one of only a handful of hospitals in the country that provides schooling for patients.


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