Fans, Pros Enjoy Fun Times at Houston's Dave Williams Pro-Am
May 7, 2012
HOUSTON - More than 100 former Cougars, fans and administrators enjoyed wonderful conditions on Monday morning to take part in the Insperity Dave Williams Pro-Am presented by Genesis Networks.
A day after The Woodlands Country Club played host to the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship, the Cougar supporters and fans took advantage of the beautiful weather to compete on the Tournament Course.
The annual event, named in honor of legendary Cougar golf head coach Dave Williams, was expected to raise more than $100,000 to benefit Project 17 (UH Golf Booster Club) and the capital campaign for the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club.
Fans and participants were able to play and talk with plenty of former Cougar and PGA TOUR greats like Bruce Lietzke, John Mahaffey, Blaine McCallister, Homero Blancas, Jim McLean, Marty Fleckman, Mike Standly, Hal Underwood, Mike Neece, Zoran Zorkic, Bill Rogers, Mike Booker, Rene Rangel, John Stark and Ed Fiori.
It wasn't limited to former golf student-athletes. Former quarterback Chuck Clements, who led the Cougars to the 1996 Liberty Bowl, joined the fun as well as a more recent signal-caller.
The round started with a player auction. Fans had a chance to bid to add former Cougar greats to their groups. In just a few moments, auction leader Mike Neece raised more than $20,000 from only five players.
However, it wasn't a golfer that raised the highest amount. Former Cougar Football great and current Houston Texas free-agent signee Case Keenum generated more than $10,000 for the program with his appearance.
The 2011-12 Cougars learn their postseason fate at 8 p.m., Monday, May 7, during the NCAA Selection Show. Standing at No. 57 in the latest GolfStat national rankings, the Cougars are looking for their first bid to the NCAA Regionals as a team since 2006.
Eighty-one teams and 45 individuals not from those teams will compete at one of six NCAA Regional sites, beginning May 17. The top five teams and top two individuals not from those teams advance to the NCAA Championships on May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Fans can watch the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Selection Show at 8 p.m., Monday, by visiting NCAA.com and clicking the Video tab in the grey bar at the top of the page or by clicking here.