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Mr. William Bass (Deceased)
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September 17, 2009 - Bob Bass,Recollections of My Dad, Bill Bass;
August 20, 2009 - Dan McDonald, Bill Bass Open Flyer;
July 15, 2009 - Dan McDonald, UL Alumni Association revitalizing Bill Bass Open;
Late 1990s - Liz Landry,Informal History of the UL Alumni Association.

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Recollections of My Dad, Bill Bass, by Bob Bass

He was a graduate of Bolton High School, Alexandria, Louisiana;

Dad was the first member of his family to go to college;

The Bass family who followed him to UL included the following: wife, Becky, who he met at SLI; brother, Sam Bass; sister, Margie Bass Kirk; brother in law, Eldon Kirk; son, Bob Bass; daughter in law, Linda; grandchildren, Robin Bass Crook, Carrie Bass, and Amy Bass.

He was a member of the UL Athletic Hall of Fame for Boxing and Football achievements;

Dad was the first Director of UL Alumni Association;

He was a two-time Louisiana College Coach of the Year in Golf;

Bill and Becky have two sons, Bob and Bill, and eight grandchildren;

Bill was a pilot in the 8th Air Corps European Theatre during WW II;

The things I remember most about dad was the time he spent with Bill and me, teaching us football and golf.

The greatest lesson he taught me was that honor and integrity came before any personal gain. Even if it meant sacrificing when there were easier ways.

Submitted September 17, 2009

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Bill Bass Open Flyer,August 20, 2009
Written by Dan McDonald

In more than a century of UL Lafayette history, many individuals have selflessly given of themselves and gone the extra mile in support of the university.

In nearly a century of golf history in the Acadiana area, many individuals have given of themselves to grow, advance and promote the game.

Probably only one person, though, has ever combined the two as did Bill Bass, whose name is synonymous both with UL Lafayette and with the development of local golf. For that reason, the UL Lafayette Alumni Association hosts the Bill Bass Open each year as one of the highlights of the university's Homecoming celebration.

The timing could not be better, since Homecoming was special to Bass - especially between 1965-78 when he left the insurance business to serve as the school's first full-time alumni director. That was one of several areas in which Bass was deeply involved with the university, after earning accolades as a two-sport letterman in football and boxing from 1938-40.

Bass served two different stints in two different decades as UL Lafayette golf coach, and
helped lay the foundation for Ragin' Cajun golf success that continues to the present day. By that time, he was already one of the most recognizable golf figures in Louisiana.

In the mid-1950s, Bass helped supervise the construction of Oakbourne Country Club and was intimately involved in the development of what is still one of the South's top courses - one that hosted a PGA Tour event for nearly a decade.

Later, he designed and was one of the driving forces in the opening of Acadian Hills Country Club in 1962.

Bass continued to be involved in university activities and the local golf scene up until his passing in 1987. It was shortly afterward that the Alumni Association began a scholarship fund in his honor and joined with his son Bob Bass - himself golf coach at the university for nearly two decades and named the top coach in the Sun Belt Conference's first 30 years - to found the Homecoming tournament that now bears his name.

Written by Dan McDonald as part of the 2009 Bill Bass Open Flyer.

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Golf: UL Alumni Association revitalizing Bill Bass Open

Dan McDonald, Daily Advertiser Golf Writer, July 15, 2009

The date is set and plans are being made for a revitalized Bill Bass Open Tournament, one of the highlighted UL Alumni Association activities during the university's Homecoming weekend.

The tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23, one day before the Ragin' Cajun football team takes on Sun Belt Conference rival Florida Atlantic for Homecoming, and a group of local golf enthusiasts has joined with the Alumni Association to help restore the event to its former luster.

"We're planning on boosting this up to a major event," said Bob Bass, retired UL golf coach and son of the former long-time Cajun coach and alumni director. "Our goal is to make this tournament 'the' place for fans and former athletes to gather to get Homecoming started."

The four-person modified scramble will be played at Les Vieux Chenes and will likely be the first major event on the course after its renovation, which is still in progress. All the tees and greens at the city-owned course have been totally reworked along with other improvements, and the Bill Bass Open will provide players with an early opportunity to see the reworked facility.

Years ago, the tournament was among the first stops for out-of-town alumni arriving for the weekend's Homecoming activities, and the field was filled beyond capacity. Participation levels declined in recent years, but tournament officials are aiming at local golfers, local alumni and a targeted effort to draw in former UL athletes from all sports to increase tournament numbers.

The tournament will also have a new format to "even the playing field" for all competitors. The modified scramble - where players play their own ball beginning with the second shot each hole after choosing the best tee ball - allows handicaps to be used, and awards will go to top finishers in both gross and net divisions.

That means that players can make up their own favorite foursomes and still have an equal chance of hitting "in the money."

This year's event will also feature a silent auction after play with several UL-related items available.

The event honors Bill Bass, who served for over a decade as the school's alumni director and also served two stints as Cajun golf coach. In addition to that post, Bass made a huge impact on golf locally, as he was involved with the construction of Oakbourne Country Club and also was the lead designer and among the founders of Acadian Hills Golf Club.

Entry forms will soon be available at all local courses and golf shops as well as at the Alumni Association offices, and will also appear online in the near future on the Association's web site at www.LOUISIANAalumni.org.

Athletic Network Footnote: William Bass was a member of the SLI Boxing Team in 1938 & 39 and a member of the 1938-40 Football Teams.

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Informal History of the UL Alumni Association Compiled in the late 1990s and provided by Liz Landry, Executive Assistant to UL President Savoie

1965 (Byron Williams/Bass)
 Association gets a full time office staff,Bill Bass as director and Ada Trenchard as assistant for running alumni cards through the IBM machine.
 Association now has a suite of offices on the 3rd floor of Martin Hall.
 Bass brought back the Annual Giving drive and club events were the hot topics.
 Association informs alumni that Fletcher was going to stay on afterall


1966 (Robert Finley/Bass)
 Association announces that Fletcher is retiring; Rougeou to succeed as president
 Association has new and large offices located in Agnes Edwards house on mezzanine floor.
 Annual Fund Drive chairman is Margaret Steen; announces tremendous drive success 506 gifts amounting to $5,149.50
 Dr. Authement is named Academic V.P., replacing Joe Riehl
 April 1967 Association announces that in addition to the Southwestern Alumni News, there would be another newsletter called the Ragin' Cajun to keep alumni posted on current and special events


1967 (Tom Bartlett/Bass)
 Bartlett announces plans to construct a 35,000 seat football stadium & adjoining athletic complex
 Ph.D. program announced
 Bartlett proud of progress and colossal job done by Alumni Staff of 2 people; happy that mailing list is shaping up; however, it could be greater if there were more help & to find list alumni
 Tremendous growth in alumni chapters.


1968 (Allen St. Martin/Bass)
 Expressed pride in Association accomplishments and fact that Association represented in virtually every aspect of university life
 St. Martin sees need for Association to expand staff
 Groundbreaking for football stadium


1969 (Vernon Bell/Bass)
 Chapters experience tremendous success/ the Houston Cajun Club held a Fais DoDo & crawfish boil 1500lbs. of crawfish flown in by Warren& Mavis Finley.
 Stadium construction will be underway with occupancy anticipated in fall of 1970


1973 (Lester Soileau/Bass)
 Association passes a resolution commending him for his advancement of education
 Ray Authement named president-elect; Rougeau on leave for a year
 Oct. Ambassador Jefferson Caffery was recognized with honor of being the University's most illustrious alumnus.


1975 (John Allen Prejean/Bass)
 Groundbreaking for new Art/Architecture building Fletcher Hall
 Association distributes free handbook to all graduates. The Graduate-A Handbook for Leaving School; written for seniors to help them make the transition from college into the real world


1978 (Ray DesOrmeaux/Bass/Etienne)
 Bobby Paschal head coach; Leigh Hennessy Nation's Best Trampolinist
 Sonny Roy Athletic Director


Boxing:  1938, 1939
Coaches:  1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1983
Football:  1938, 1939, 1940
L'Acadien:  1940
Military Veteran:  1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946
University Faculty/Staff (current & former):  1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978


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