SAN ANTONIO (April 12, 2018) - "The Republic Services presents the Fourth Annual Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints Golf Classic and Dinner" was a huge success. The event took place on April 6.
The tournament, typically held in the fall, had to be rescheduled due to effects of Hurricane Harvey that devastated the state in late August 2017. Many of the sponsors and participants involved in the tournament dedicated their time and efforts to helping those in need and therefore, could not participate in the tournament. OLLU graciously moved the date to the spring to accommodate its dedicated sponsors. It is expected that the event will be moved back to the fall in 2018.
Head Golf Coach and organizer of the event Alan E. Baxter commented, "It has grown bigger and better every year. Republic Services has been the headline sponsor every year, and without them, we would not have the success that we have enjoyed."
Proceeds from the tournament go toward helping the athletic department grow and assisting our student athletes. Each of the 13 teams at OLLU helps make the event a success, and many coaches, staff and student-athletes participate in the tournament, as well.
"It was great to see the coaches and the athletes out on the course having fun and being thankful for the support that our sponsors and benefactors give us," Baxter explained.
As part of the tournament, Give Back Auctions returned to provide a silent auction and the best hole prizes.
Winning the tournament was PSJ Janitorial Services, led by Chuck "Pinky" Ellenwood. Ellenwood is a premier amateur player in the area and has played in some PGA Tour Senior events. Baxter said, "He has helped the golf program in many ways from coming out to practice and helping to recruit to spreading the good word about OLLU."
Also on the winning team was a former All-American golfer from the University of Houston and local legend, John Starks. In second place was Republic Services Team Two, with Terry Gawlik and Ryan Whiteside, as well as OLLU Athletic Director Jack Hank.
In third place was Clean Scapes, a new sponsor of the tournament. They were led by Lauri Montgomery and current OLLU golfer Stevan Hinojosa (SR/Mission, Texas). The team paid extra to have a "ringer" in Hinojosa.
The most honest team award (last place) went to NE Bridgebuilders. The group is a charity that provides scholarships to Roosevelet High School (San Antonio) graduates among other endeavors.
Unfortunately, no one won the Lincoln MKC that North Park Lincoln sponsored for the hole-in-one prize on Hole No. 17.
"On behalf of the university, I'd like to give a big thank you again to all of the sponsors. We look forward to having a successful fifth annual event this fall," Baxter said.
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