PHOENIX, Ariz. – Tournament Director Brian Vranesh announced today that title sponsor Desert Financial Credit Union (formerly Desert Schools Federal Credit Union) has signed a new two-year agreement to be title sponsor for the Scottsdale AZ Open, which will be played May 21-24 at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale.

“Desert Financial was a great partner for our golf tournament in our first year and we are excited to have them on board for two more years to help us in our goal to grow this event into one of the largest non-PGA TOUR affiliated tournaments in the country.”

Entering its second year, the Desert Financial Credit Union Scottsdale AZ Open features a 54-hole tournament with 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 the winner. Joel Dahmen won the inaugural tournament in 2017 by two shots over Douglas Quinones and Riley Arp.

“Last year’s tournament was a great success, and we know that with the leadership group running this event, it will continue to grow, which is one of the main reasons we wanted to continue our partnership with this great golf tournament,” said Ron Amstutz, Executive Vice President of Desert Financial Credit Union. “Along with putting on a top-notch event, the tournament shares our passion for giving back to the community, so we are thrilled to be back for another two years.”

The Desert Financial Credit Union Scottsdale AZ Open will begin with a Pro-Am on May 21, followed by the three-day, 54-hole tournament, which will crown a champion on Thursday, May 24. Entry fees, qualifying information and other tournament details are posted on the tournament website at



Desert Financial is a federally insured and chartered credit union based in Phoenix, Ariz., that operates nearly 50 branches and service centers throughout Gila, Maricopa and Pinal counties in Arizona. Desert Financial is the largest credit union in Arizona, managing $4.3 billion dollars in assets.


Desert Financial 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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