The 16th annual O.D. Bounds Golf Classic will feature the perennial favorite auction item – a golf outing for four with legend Lee Trevino, winner of six major championships and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The event tees off Monday, Sept. 23, at Diamond Oaks Country Club, and proceeds benefit the O.D. Bounds Endowment for Golf at Texas Wesleyan University. The fund supplements the men’s golf program with extra financial support for scholarships, travel opportunities and extra golf equipment.
The tournament is named for Bounds, who was the head golf coach at Texas Wesleyan for more than 40 years.
Two years ago, the Trevino package was purchased – and then donated to four high school students for the round of a lifetime, plus personal golf tips. Proceeds from this year’s auction will be split between the men’s and women’s golf programs.
The men’s golf program recently renamed the Lee Trevino Endowed Golf Fund to the Lee Trevino-Wendell Conditt Endowed Golf Fund to reflect Conditt’s years of service. He has supported both the endowment and the O.D. Bounds Golf Classic for many years and has been integral to the program’s success.
Conditt, along with a committee that included O.D. Bounds, Doug Higgins and Guinn Phillips, established the fund in 1984 to support student-athletes. As of May, the fund represents a corpus of $320,000.
The men's golf is one of the most storied programs in the NAIA.
They rank second with six national titles.
The Rams also boast a record nine individual medalists at the NAIA National Championships and last season took the program's tenth national runner-up finish.
The team is ranked third nationally and began its season with a second-place finish at Abilene Christian University's Charles Coody Invitational.
Last year was the inaugural season for the women’s golf team – and they are off to a great start.
In May, Alexis Belton won the Independent Women’s Division o fhte 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
With an average 3.21 GPA, the Lady Rams were named as a 2012-13 NAIA Scholar Team.
The team finished in third place at the 2013 Red River Athletic Conference Championship.