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Golf: Don’™t miss the UL Homecoming Big Bass Open + Chicken Open This Sunday, Monday

Dan McDonald, The Advertiser, Nov. 8, 2017

If you’re a golfer and a Ragin’ Cajun fan, the Bill Bass Open needs you.

The annual Homecoming tournament, which benefits the UL golf team, is just over one week away on Nov. 17 at Les Vieux Chenes. The tournament is always held on the Friday of Homecoming week, and this year comes one day before the Cajun football team meets New Mexico State for Homecoming on Nov. 18.

Like most other area tournaments, all of which have been hit by the economic downturn in the Acadiana area, the Bill Bass Open’s entries are down from previous years. That’s not good for anyone, most of all the Cajun golf team that receives all proceeds once expenses are paid off.

“We have several events during the year that help us raise funds,” said Cajun coach Theo Sliman, “and the Bill Bass is one that we count on. But it’s important to us for a lot of other reasons … it’s a tradition, it’s a chance to spend time with some of our supporters, and it honors a man and a family that has made Cajun golf what it is today.”

The four-person scramble is one of the major events of Homecoming week and normally draws a good crowd to Les Vieux Chenes for a Friday of golf and socializing. This year, that fun will all be in the afternoon, since the tournament is reduced to one single flight. Since Homecoming falls late in the calendar and after the switch from Daylight Saving Time, the normal morning-afternoon divisions will be combined to one noon shotgun start.

Registration and lunch — including those world-famous “Cookie” burgers — begin at 10:30 a.m.

The tournament is open to all golfers and not just Ragin’ Cajun fans, and players may assemble their own four-person team or may enter as individuals to be placed onto teams. A handicap index will be used to ensure all teams and players will have equal opportunity to win the prizes that will go to the top three teams.