Las Vegas, Nevada (July 25, 2015)–The Fat Boy Open, one of the most popular charity golf tournaments in Las Vegas, returns to the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort August 29 for Fat Boy Open XII. The event benefits FEAT, Families for Effective Autism Treatment, and is sponsored by Nevada Beverage Company. The green fee includes Bloody Mary Bar, beer, booze, fine cigars, and masseuses on both courses and organizers say you will want to reserve your team early because the event annually sells out. Click here to register. — By Brian Hurlburt

The Fat Boy Open gets the name because qualifying teams must weigh 900+ pounds to play, but if you are “lightweights” don’t worry about it: there is a small $40 penalty fee that can be paid and all of those “fines” go to the charity. All shapes and sizes are welcome.

The Fat Boy Open was launched by Nevada Beverage Company’s Marty Linde more than a decade ago and has become the place to be each August for Vegas golfers. The event has even drawn national coverage over the years, including a story in Golf Magazine and on The story recapped the creation of the tournament:

“As PGA Tour players focused on fitness, Marty Linde found himself contemplating fatness. Almost everyone he knew was on a diet. Low-carb this. Low-carb that. Linde, a manager for a Nevada beverage distribution company, liked to go low only on the links. Around that time, he was invited to play in a small golf outing, a memorial event for the recently deceased friend of a friend, a gregarious fellow with a zeppelin physique who everyone lovingly called “The Fat Man.” Out on the links, the booze flowed freely and the drives sailed weakly. Linde had a blast, and an idea. He knew a lot guys with generous hearts and expansive guts. Why not turn the outing into an annual event, and spoon the proceeds to charity? The cause would be good and the gimmick great: a golf tournament for the plus-sized, a bit of self-deprecating recreation that flew in the face of the Atkins craze.”

And here it is and Fat Boy Open XII (we can’t wait for Fat Boy Open XL for obvious reasons … and maybe that should be the tournament name every year) is soon to tee off at the beautiful Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, the home of the only three Pete Dye signature courses in Las Vegas. Fore!

Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Inc. (FEAT) is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals, designed to help families with children who have received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), or Asperger’s Syndrome. We offer a support network where families can meet each other and discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options. FEAT has a Board of Directors that meets monthly to discuss issues, establish priorities, and vote on the direction of the organization.

FEAT publishes e-bulletins on current events in the Southern Nevada area, as well as changes in national policies and medical breakthroughs that affect our children. FEAT conducts tutor training in order to provide families with home programs a source of dedicated tutors for their children. FEAT also conducts yearly family outings such as Picnics and other parties where families of children with autism can gather, network, and enjoy the day.