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HSU Friends and Former Athletes Return for Lettermen Golf Tourney

By Janlyn Thaxton



A 35-year tradition brings together current and former Hardin-Simmons University athletes this Friday. The 2010 Letterman Golf Tournament will also include HSU faculty, staff, and friends of HSU athletics. In all about 60-plus golfers will tee up for a shotgun start at the Abilene Country Club Fairway course at 8:30 a.mHSU golf coach David Sherman says the event will bring former HSU player Joe Black to Abilene from the Austin area. Black is the former president of the PGA and currently is the longest running rules official with the Masters Tournament played in Augusta, Georgia. Black was a member of the HSU 1950 National Championship team.Sherman says, “The Lettermen Tournament is really just a get-together of athletes and friends, just a fellowship thing, and not so much a fundraiser.” Sherman is still signing up players for the Lettermen Tournament and will do so through tomorrow. {{more}}“Players are coming in from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and from the Midland/Odessa area,” he says, “but most of the players are from Abilene or cities surrounding Abilene. All players receive prizes for participating, winners receive plaques, and players enjoy fellowship during a breakfast and buffet lunch that’s provided,” says Sherman.The tournament was started by former HSU golf team members and former HSU golf coach Jeff Goodin more than three decades ago. Sherman says any funds raised will go toward all athletics at HSU. “The Joe Black Tournament, coming up this year on September 17, is the primary fundraiser for the golf team, last year raising about $8,000,” says Sherman.

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