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May 1 , 2009

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UT Tyler Patriot Golf Classic Set for May 18

The University of Texas at Tyler Patriot Golf Classic will feature up to 50 teams playing in the 2009 tournament on Monday, May 18 at Hollytree Country Club, Jerre Iversen, vice president for university advancement, announced.

Team sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Debbie Wood, special events manager, 903.566.7411 or dwood@uttyler.edu.

Willie Redford is the tournament chair, and Mike Clements is the co-chair.

The tournament is a part of the annual UT Tyler Patriot Classic fundraiser that benefits the UT Tyler scholarship program for students at the university’s Tyler, Longview and Palestine campuses.

Teams will tee off in the morning and afternoon.

This year’s luncheon will feature Darrell Crall, executive director of the PGA Foundation.

In his role with the PGA Foundation, he supervises the promotion of the economic impact of the PGA of America, its membership, facilities and sections in the charitable arena.

A native of Ashland, Ohio, Crall is a 1989 graduate of Duke University where he captained the men’s golf team. He joined the Carolinas PGA section headquarters in 1990 as junior golf/tournament manager. He also served as director of education and employment before being named director of tournament operations in 1993, where he was responsible for the largest golf professional tournament operations at the section level.

In 1995, Crall became Northern Texas PGA executive director where he has developed and guided a wide range of member programs, junior golf and fundraising initiatives.

He organized and branded the nationally-recognized Help-A-Kid Play Golf and Golf in Schools Programs, which introduces golf to more than 25,000 inner-city young people at city recreation centers and elementary, middle and high schools.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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