On Monday, September 9, the Cameron University Alumni Association hosted its 23rd annual golf tournament at The Territory Golf & Country Club in Duncan. The tourney kicked off with a unique start. Instead of the traditional shotgun start utilized by many golf tournaments, the CUAA golf tournament was launched by a Howitzer start, thanks to the firepower provided by CU's ROTC program.
Following the resounding cannon blast from the 75mm PAC Howitzer, 15 teams of four hit the links with a dual goal: to finish the 18 holes with the lowest score and to raise money for the CUAA Scholarship Fund. While all succeeded on the second count, only one team walked away with the first place trophy - the foursome sponsored by Edward's Men's Wear, made up of Eddie Hamra, Scott Hatch, Guy Erwin and Eddie Anderson.
The CU Athletics team - Jim Jackson, Todd Holland, Wade Alexander and Ross Hankins - finished the day in second, followed by the team sponsored by IBC Bank, made up of Brian Henry, Phil Kennedy, Hossein Moini and Albert Johnson, Jr.
CU Head Baseball Coach Todd Holland earned the Longest Drive (Male) award, while BancFirst's Linda Strawderman knocked a ball far enough down the fairway to earn the Longest Drive (Female) award.
"It was an ideal day to be out on the course," said Jennifer Bowen, CU Director of Alumni Relations. "The staff at The Territory made sure everything ran smoothly, and all of our players had a great time. The Cameron University Alumni Association is grateful for the support we continue to receive from southwest Oklahoma. We would not be able to offer scholarships if not for the generosity of the players in the tournament and the corporate sponsors."
As players approached the Plum Thicket, the fourth hole on the course consisting of a downhill long par 3, each aspired to avoid the water hazard and sand bunker and make the cup in one shot in order to take home the $10,000 Hole-In-One prize sponsored by Wilcox, Jones & McGrath, Inc., Insurance Division of BancFirst Corp. The prize went unclaimed as none of the duffers on the course were able to make the shot.
Tournament sponsors Wal-Mart, BancFirst, Dr. Jason Buschman, Fort Sill Federal Credit Union, Community Access Inc., Cotton Electric, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Davis Heat & Air, Hatch, Croke, & Associates, Edward's Men's Wear and Pepsi ensured a smooth tournament through their generous support.
Contributing door prizes and other prizes were Bedrock Nursery, Bill's Scoreboard, Buffalo Wild Wings, Candy Bouquet, Cracker Barrel, Crockett's Smoke House, Fairfield Inn, Fins & Critters Pet Shop, Flowers by Ramon, Golfmaxx, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hobby Lobby, Massad's Gifts & Stationery, Mike's Sports Grille, Outback Steakhouse, Proteam Harley-Davidson, Sohl Paint & Decorating, Southwest Surfaces and Stanton's Apparel.
Proceeds from the tournament are used to support CUAA programs, including the CUAA Scholarship fund.
Sept 10, 2008