Banner Children's Open for 2021


JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Golf Club

Let's have fun in 2021! With safety at the FOREfront

Banner Children’s and the Banner Health Foundation invite you to participate in the Banner Children's Open on Friday, April 9, 2021 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit programs at the three Banner Children’s facilities in Arizona. Make plans now to participate on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Schedule of Events for the Day

7:00 a.m.

VIP Registration and Clinic

7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Concept Store and Networking Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Call to Carts

10:00 a.m.

Shotgun Start

3:00 p.m.

Final Challenge and Awards Reception

The Big Shamble

This year’s Banner Children’s Open features four challenges similar to those on the Golf Channel’s super popular Big Break reality television program, combined with a traditional shamble format. Challenge holes, creatively — and generously — designed and built by HKS Architects, KT Fabrication, McCarthy Building Companies and W.D. Manor Mechanical Contractors, are peppered throughout the course. Teams will be scored on their overall golf game and separately, based on the team’s performance on the challenges. Two top scoring teams make it to the Final Challenge — a nail-biting shoot out that has become legendary.

Safety First

The health and safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, and team members are at the forefront of the planning of this year’s Banner Children’s Open. Modifications include pre-packaged grab-and-go meals, physical distancing of tables and foursomes, hand sanitizer on golf carts and stationed throughout the courses, and face masks in all group gatherings. In addition, it is expected that anyone who is not feeling well should not participate on the day of the tournament. And, as the day of the event nears, the tournament’s approach may be modified, based on Centers for Disease Control guidance.

The Cause

Creating a positive experience for hospitalized children — that is the foundation of Child Life at Banner Children’s medical facilities. Working with pediatric patients, their parents and siblings, too, Child Life Specialists use a variety of tools and skills to reduce stress and anxiety, while promoting normal growth and development. Through play, pre-operative teaching and even distraction and coping techniques, these specialized — and, very special — professionals become invaluable resources for the entire family. This year’s Banner Children’s Open will benefit Child Life programs throughout the Valley and Tucson. Just a few of the services provided by Child Life teams include:

  • Medical Play
  • Sibling Support
  • Bereavement

The Impact

Interacting with their Child Life Specialists, Banner Children’s pediatric patients gain so much. Whether they’re learning what to expect during an upcoming surgery, paying a visit to the beloved Toy Closet, or just playing like an everyday kid—the impact of the Child Life program is clear, present and necessary.

The Committee

The following individuals give their time, talent and resources to the 2021 Banner Children’s Open, building an event that has become the “hottest ticket in town.” Thank you all for your leadership and participation.


Chris Dewitt, W.D. Manor Mechanical Contractors and John Niziolek, HKS, Inc.

Carrie Bailes,, DLR Group
Mathew Blades, iHeartMedia
Brittany Burbes, DPR Construction
Brad Claussen, DPR Construction
Jeff Cordell, DPR Construction
Joseph Gallagher, McCarthy Builders
Zach Goldsworthy, Siemens
Jim Gordon, NorthStar Identity
Emily Laughlin, JE Dunn Construction
Jay Layton, TDIndustries
Jason Light, Okland Construction

Michelle Mantegna, Shepley Bulfinch
Ned McKnight, Shepley Bulfinch
Lee O’Connell, McCarthy Builders
Kurt Radtke, McCarthy Builders
Ed Sandidge, Edward Sandidge & Associates
Tyler Schwede, HKS, Inc.
Matt Shock, DPR Construction
Laura Snow, Banner Health
Connor Tryhus, teleGen West
Amy Zitny, Corgan



In addition to participating as part of a foursome, there are ways to support the Banner Children's Open through sponsorships starting at $3,000. Or your organization can choose positive exposure through underwriting opportunities. Download the 2021 Banner Children's Open Brochure for more information and a Sponsorship Commitment Form.

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