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Golf: Jimmy "Chicken" Thomas Classic postponed - Bill Bass Open - Mark Your Calendar

Dan McDonald, The Advertiser, Aug. 30, 2017

One of the casualties of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and its associated rainfall was the postponement of one of the Vermilion Links’ featured events on the golf calendar.

The second annual Jimmy “Chicken” Thomas Classic tournament, which helps raise both funds and awareness for the UL golf team, was originally scheduled for Monday before the dire forecasts made the tournament at Oakbourne an iffy proposition.

Plans were to still hold the traditional “meet and greet” with the Cajun squad on the Sunday night prior to the tournament, but again weather forecasts were not conducive.

“We wanted to make sure we have a couple of enjoyable days,” said Vermilion Links chairman David Church. “The whole idea is for our members and the UL players to meet and interact.

“Our players are hopefully going to be part of our community for many years, not just while they’re playing their collegiate seasons. We think that giving our members and others the chance to meet the players and get to know them is really important in helping them know that we want them to be an integral part of our city and our area.”

Fortunately, Oakbourne had an available date on its schedule, and the Sunday gathering and Monday tournament will now be held on Nov. 12-13 at Oakbourne.

All proceeds from the two-man scramble tournament go to the Cajun team’s budget to support recruiting, travel, tournament and coaching costs. That’s the core goal of the Vermilion Links, which contributed nearly $300,000 toward the construction of UL’s new facility at Oakbourne to supplement the two $200,000 donations from Don and Brad Mosing that keyed that construction.

The tournament is open to any golfer who wants to get involved with the UL program and/or the Vermilion Links. Entry fee for Vermilion Links founding members is complimentary, and spots in the rest of the field are $200 per player or $400 per two-player team for the 1 p.m. shotgun start. The Sunday night gathering is open to all Vermilion Links members and tournament participants.

More information is available from Church at 280-2961 or dchurch@dartenergyservices.com, or from UL coach Theo Sliman at 962-3348 or tsliman@louisiana.edu. Players who had previously entered are asked to contact Church to reconfirm their entries for the new date.

Bill Bass Open

UL’s football season opens this Saturday, and that means it’s not long until the Bill Bass Open, the athletic department’s annual Homecoming golf tournament that helps raise funds for the Cajun golf team.

The four-person scramble tournament is set for Nov. 17, with a noon shotgun start at Les Vieux Chenes. The tournament has featured both morning and afternoon flights in the past few years, but with this year’s Homecoming celebration coming after the end of daylight savings time, only one flight will be staged.

The tournament is open to all golfers and will include lunch before play and awards following the event, as well as an assortment of souvenir tee gifts. Entry fee is $150 per player, with members of the RCAF and the Vermilion Links getting a $25 discount on entry fees.

Entry forms will soon be available at all local courses and golf retailers, and will be mailed to all players who have taken part in the tournament over the past three years. Entries and more information will also be available online at ragincajuns.com in the near future, but information is available now by calling (337) 857-8754.

“Making the Turn” appears each Wednesday from February-November in the Daily Advertiser. Clubs, courses and individuals with information about local golf events may email Dan McDonald, editorial director at Golfballs.com, at danmcdonald@cox.net, FAX to (337) 857-8763 or call (337) 857-8754 and leave a message with phone number.