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Pan Am Classic golf tournament April 20-21
By Julia Benitez Sullivan, Univ Relations director
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Posted: 02/05/2001
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Make plans now for a fun-filled weekend of golf for the entire family April 20-21 at The University of Texas-Pan American Pan Am Classic golf tournament at the Los Lagos Golf Club in Edinburg.


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Members of The University of Texas-Pan American men’s and women’s golf team will hold a youth golf clinic in conjunction with the Pan Am Classic scholarship golf tournament, April 20-21 at the Los Lagos Golf Club in Edinburg. From left, standing, UTPA golfer Tootie Lauzon and Alexis De Leon. Front row, Alyssa De Leon, Morgan Davenport, Grant Hoffman and Jeremiah Odale. Middle row, Ricardo Aleman and Charlotte Odale. Back row, kneeling, are UTPA golfers Ben Piper, Kevin Whitworth and Jeannie Lane. For more information on the Pan Am Classic, Million Dollar Shootout and other events, contact Mark Lacy at 956/318-5306.

The weekend of events also features a concert with Three Dog Night at La Villa Real Special Events Center, the Blockbuster Million Dollar Cash Shootout and a youth golf clinic with members of the UTPA men’s and women’s golf teams. Tournament proceeds will go to the Greater University Fund, which is used for student scholarships and special activities such as national competitions, conferences and music and cultural events.

The Three Dog Night concert kicks off the tournament on April 20. Ticket prices are $100, $50, $30 and $20 general admission, with 10-person VIP tables available for $1,000.

Tournament play begins with a Florida scramble Friday at 1 p.m. and resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with select drive, one low ball. The format is two-man teams, with the lowest member’s handicap determining flight (three flights). Prizes will be more than $2,000 per flight.

In addition to the two-day tournament, 50 people will have a chance to win a million dollars at the Blockbuster Million Dollar Cash Shootout, Saturday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Qualifying is every Saturday and Sunday from March 24 to April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the driving range at Las Lagos. The cost is $5 for three balls.

A semifinal round is April 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to determine the first 35 of the 50 final shootout qualifiers.

Meanwhile, a junior golf clinic for children ages 6-13 will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, and registration is open to the first 80 children (pre-registration is encouraged). Young golfers will learn from members of the Broncs and Lady Broncs golf teams, with all participants receiving two free tickets to a Broncs baseball game.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available – Ace, Eagle, Birdie, Par and Hole.

An Ace sponsorship is $7,500 and includes two days of golf, 4 two-man teams, a VIP table for 16 at the Three Dog Night concert, golf shirt and cap for each player, an entry in the Blockbuster Million Dollar Cash Shootout and more.

An Eagle sponsorship is $5,000 and features two days of golf, 3 two-man teams, a VIP table for 10 at the Three Dog Night concert and a golf shirt and cap for each player.

Birdie sponsorships are $2,500 for two days of golf, 3 two-man teams and six VIP concert tickets. A Par sponsorship is $1,000 and includes two days of golf, 2 two-man teams and four reserved concert tickets, while a Hole sponsor is $500 for two reserved concert tickets and a hole sign.

For more information, contact UTPA at 956/318-5301, write to Pan Am Classic, 1201 W. University Drive ITT 1.210, Edinburg, Texas 78539 or fax to 318-5308.