May 8, 2013
HOUSTON - Under near perfect conditions, University of Houston Men's and Women's Golf fans recently had a fun time at the Dave Williams Pro-Am sponsored by Insperity.
More than 100 players competed as teams of four in this annual event, which was held on the Tournament course at The Woodlands Country Club. Together, that group raised nearly $200,000, which will be used to pay for the construction of the state-of-the-art Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club and benefit Houston Men's Golf and the new Women's Golf program.
Before the round started, competitors had a chance to purchase players from the Champions Tour in an auction. Houston lettermen Bill Rogers, Billy Ray Brown, Bruce Lietzke, Keith Fergus, Steve Elkington, Champions Tour stars Gary Hallberg, Lanny Wadkins, Russ Cochran, Steve Jones and Willie Wood and 2013 Insperity Championship winner Esteban Toledo graciously donated their time Monday morning to compete with Cougar fans.
By the time the auction - under the leadership of former Golf lettermen and auctioneer Mike Neece - had ended, more than $70,000 had been raised, thanks to the generous support of donors Ken Bailey, Roland Beck, Joe Chastang, Chad Clay, Greg Harper, George McLean, Jay Mincks, Richard Rawson, Paul Sarvadi, Darryl Schroeder and Bill Stephenson.
After the auction, the competition on the course began. In Gross scoring, the team of Mike Lindsey, Alex Jackson, Doug Deaver and Joran Meeks finished first with a score of 58. The team of Steve Bussmann, Mike Neece, Don Houchin, Pete Hessemer and pro Hal Underwood placed second with a score of 60.
In Net scoring, the team of Paul Savardi, Jason Ervin, Bill Wood, Howard Lederer and pro Esteban Toledo won in a playoff against Clay Hoster, Walter Hecht, Dennis Watson, Hill Adams and pro Billy Tuten. Both teams finished with scores of 49.
In the Closest to the Pin competitions, Bill Worrell took first place on No. 3, while Zona Trahan won on No. 8. University of Houston Alumni Association President/CEO Mike Pede was closest on No. 14, and Ken Plunkett took top honors on No. 16.
In the Long Drive competition, Chad Spencer captured first place on No. 11.
ABOUT DAVE WILLIAMS
The tournament is named after legendary former Houston head coach Dave Williams, who led the Cougars to 16 NCAA team national championships from 1962-87. In his brilliant career, Williams guided Houston to 14 conference titles and more than 340 team tournament titles across 24 states and foreign countries.
Known as the "Father of Collegiate Golf", Williams created the scoring system that continues to be used at collegiate events today.
He was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America, Texas Sports and Texas Golf halls of fame as well as the University of Houston Hall of Honor. In addition, the GCAA named its national men's collegiate golf Coach of the Year award in his honor in 1988.
Williams passed away in December 1998.
DAVE WILLIAMS GOLF ACADEMY AT REDSTONE GOLF CLUB
Funds from the Dave Williams Pro-Am benefit the Houston Men's and Women's Golf programs as well as the construction of the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club.
The Cougars moved into the Williams Golf Academy in late August 2012. Located on the Redstone Golf Club Tournament Course driving range, the Academy covers 4,400 square feet and features the latest technology.
It has four indoor/outdoor hitting bays with Launch Monitors to allow student-athletes to practice length, dispersion and trajectories of any shot. A SAM PuttLab takes ultrasound measurements of putting strokes and a 3-dimensional biomechanical measuring system to help refine how a student-athlete's body should move during a swing.
The Academy also has a student-athletes' lounge and a reception area will showcase the rich history of Houston Golf. The facility makes Houston the only school in the state of Texas to enjoy a golf facility/home course that annually hosts a PGA TOUR event (Shell Houston Open).