Thursday, November 29, 2007

Honoring Pat Summerall, Raising Money for Junior Golf

The Northern Texas PGA held its Ewing Charity Classic recently at Northwood Club in Dallas. The tournament is a fund-raiser for the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation, and this year it also served to honor Pat Summerall (pictured), the longtime CBS broadcaster and DFW resident.

If you're anywhere around my age, from, say, 10 years younger than me to about 20 years older than me, you grew up listening to Summerall. He was probably best known to the general sporting public for his work on NFL games, where in his later years with CBS he teamed with John Madden. But I thought Summerall's best work was on golf, where his understated style was a perfect fit for The Masters and the rest of the CBS golf schedule. The team of Summerall and Ken Venturi will always be, for me, the measuring stick of other golf broadcast teams (and none of current teams comes close to measuring up ... but maybe I'm just an old codger).

The combination of supporting junior golf while honoring the very popular Summerall attracted a stellar field of pros to the pro-am, including Lanny Wadkins, Anthony Kim, Tommy Armour III, Brandt Jobe, Bruce Lietzke and Heather Young (nee Heather Bowie).

Two pros - a touring pro and a club pro - teams with three amateurs on each team. The three amateurs played one low net, while the two pros per team played a modified alternate stroke format. The amateurs' 18-hole total was combined with the pros' 18-hole total for the team's final score.

Here are the Top 3 teams (pro score listed first):

  • David Reel (a), Andy Fleck (a), Mark Hollingsworth (a), Lanny Wadkins/Gordon Johnson - 67-59--126
  • Jeff Heller (a), Jason Freeman (a), Stuart Reeves (a), Brad Ott/Cameron Doan - 69-61--130
  • Ronnie Pruitt (a), Daren Lesley (a), Greg Potter (a), Anthony Kim/Bob Elliott - 71-62--133

Full Results (.pdf file)

The tournament raised nearly $200,000 for the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation.

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