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September 2nd, 2003, 05:34 am
<blockquote><p align=justify>Fans of the Louisiana's athletic program have two different chances this month to help out their favorite sports and get in 18 holes of golf at the same time.

A pair of fund-raising events, one benefiting the Ragin’ Cajun golf program and the other helping supplement the baseball program budget, are scheduled during the next three weeks, both returning after successes in previous years.

The first of those comes next Tuesday when The Farm Golf Club hosts the Herbert Heymann Memorial Golf Day, a three-man scramble beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing a tradition that Heymann began in 1989 to raise funds for the Cajun Golf Association.

The event added approximately $25,000 to the program’s budget every year, and maybe not by accident the Cajuns won four conference titles in five years between 1989-93 and graduated three players — Mike Heinen, Craig Perks and Rob McKelvey — to the pro ranks. Since 1989, the tournament has raised nearly $300,000.

Since Heymann’s death in 2001, former Cajun players and long-time supporters have made sure the tradition continues.

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The $250 entry fee includes lunch prior to play and a post-event reception as well as membership in the Cajun Golf Association for the year, and spots in the 128-player field are still available by calling Bob Rodgers at 232-4343.

The other event hasn’t been around as long, but the Ragin’ Cajun Baseball Tournament has become just as important to that program’s success. This year’s event is Monday, Sept. 22, at Acadian Hills, and is under the umbrella sponsorship of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

The baseball event has become so popular that two different tee times are offered, with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the four-man scramble. Last year, over 275 golfers took part in the event.

Entry fee is $200 per player or $750 per team including lunch, a tournament shirt and a UL baseball cap and shirt, and sponsorships from hole sponsor ($200) to home run sponsor ($2,500) are also available. Entry deadline is Sept. 12, and more information is available from Danny Jones at the Louisiana Open office at 593-8000.

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HOUSTON GOLF: A group of Houston-area UL alumni are sponsoring an athletic fund-raiser tournament for the Cajun program. The four-man scramble event is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. at Old Orchard Golf Course in Richmond, Texas, and is open to the first 120 paid players. Lunch and check-in begin at 11 a.m. and dinner and awards follow play. Cost is $250 per player, and entry forms are available from Sid Labbe at (281) 877-1200 or at labbes@amstarfluids.com. Sponsorships are available from David “Redbird” Faherty at (281) 851-0713, and local information is available from Chad Williams at (337) 232-8178.

NET AMATEUR: Elwood Simoneaux of Rayne was the top Acadiana-area finisher at the Louisiana Golf Association’s Net Amateur Championship held at Pelican Point Club in Gonzales. Simoneaux finished second in the Prestwick flight with a two-day net score of 149 in the LGA’s event that allows higher-handicap players to compete on an even field with lower-handicap players. The LGA has one more event on its annual calendar, that being the Four-Ball Championship set for Oct. 4-5 at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe.

SPEAKING OF FOUR-BALLS: Two of the winners of this summer’s Lafayette City-Parish Championship found success on the road one weekend ago. John Davis, who won the City-Parish open title, and Don Allen, who won the senior crown, paired up to win a four-ball tournament at The Island in Plaquemine. That pair posted a 62-65—127 score in the two-day event to finish first in a field of over 50 teams.

MOVING ON: Spanish Trail club pro Shane McClure is leaving that post to accept a head professional position at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss. McClure has been a member of the Spanish Trail staff for four years.

A prominent local name, though, will be filling that spot. New Iberia native Mark Popp, who played on the Buy.com, Hooters and Adams Tight Lies tours for the past three years, takes over in his first head club pro position. Popp worked at Squirrel Run and at Lake Charles Country Club from 1996-98 before playing the pro tours.

EXTRA DAYS: The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department announced this week that both of the city’s public courses would be open on a seven-day-a-week basis through the end of September. Hebert Municipal will be open on Mondays throughout the month and Les Vieux Chenes will be open Tuesdays through Sept. 30.

ACES: Mel Hodge used a 6-iron to record a hole-in-one at the 152-yard sixth hole at Hebert Municipal last Friday. Roland Malveaux, Anthony Lewis and Evan VonOzen watched Hodge’s first career ace ... Becky Greig and Corey Hulin both recorded holes-in-one during August at Spanish Trail. Both aced the 154-yard 17th hole.

UPCOMING: September’s Regions Bank Pro-Am is scheduled for Thursday at Sugar Oaks in New Iberia. Foursome signup closes today at most area courses for the event ... The St. Martinville Invitational is Saturday-Sunday at Spanish Trail. Entry information is available at the course or by calling 364-2263 ... The Youngsville Center Lions Club and Knights of Columbus hosts its second annual scramble Saturday, Sept. 13 at Les Vieux Chenes. Fee for the four-man scramble is $75 per player, and information is available from the Youngsville Center ... Spanish Trail’s men’s golf association will hold a scramble Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1:30 p.m., with a $10 entry fee that includes a meal post-round ... The sixth annual Acadiana Renal Physicians Tournament is set for Sunday, Sept. 28, at Squirrel Run, benefiting the Kidney Foundation of Louisiana ... The annual Craig Romero Tournament is scheduled Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 15-16, at Spanish Trail ... The sixth annual Kent Desormeaux “Golf for Life” Challenge is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Farm, with the two-time Kentucky Derby winner helping raise funds for the Women’s Center of Lafayette. The event also includes a social and auction on Sept. 22, and more information is available from Jeffery Picard at 265-2044.

(Dan McDonald’s local golf column runs every Tuesday. Clubs, courses and others wishing to submit items for inclusion may call (337) 289-6318 and leave a message, FAX to (337) 289-6443, e-mail to dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com, or mail to 221 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501. Make sure to include a return phone number.)
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