Thanks to the generosity of Blythe community patrons Jimmy and Denny Bhakta, members of the Palo Verde High School (PVHS) Yellow Jacket golf team, as well as community locals, participated in the Manu Bhakta Foundation’s 2019 Golf Tournament at the Fairmont Grand Golf Club in San Diego, March 24-25.
“Denny and Jimmy (Bhakta) go above and beyond. We are so grateful to have their support,” said PVHS Yellow Jackets golf team head coach Troy Peterson. “It is also great to have our student athletes see that people from Blythe can go on and do great things.”
The Bhaktas have been longtime supporters of the PVHS Yellow Jacket golf team. As previously reported, the Manu Bhakta Foundation provided an experience of a lifetime for the youth golf team — at no expense — Jan. 24, as they traveled to San Diego and joined other sports enthusiasts and spectators at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Denny and Jimmy Bhakta — brother Yellow Jacket alumnus, 2000 and 2002 respectively — have made several donations and commitments to the Blythe community’s local youth through the non-profit (the namesake of which is in honor of the brothers’ late mother).
“They paid for our rooms, all our meals, and they gave us our new set of team shirts for this season,” said PVHS Yellow Jacket junior golfer Mikey Sanchez.
“I had a trip of a lifetime,” said Scott Peterson, one of several members of the community who were invited to experience the luxury course. “It was an opportunity to do something so memorable with my son and other people from Blythe — this type of event doesn’t happen often.”
Notably, the Blythe team of Richie Wolfinbarger, Mason Wolfinbarger, Darien Herrera and Stephen Armenta came out victorious in the two-day tournament with an impressive 20 under par on the Tom Fazio-designed course.
“The group from Blythe once again wants to send a big thank you to the Manu Bhakta Foundation,” stated the PVHS Yellow Jacket golf team. “Without their help the youth from the Blythe community would not be able to experience these unique opportunities.”