Wanna golf with the ‘Merry Mex?’ Trevino headlines annual golf outing

Wanna golf with the ‘Merry Mex?’ Trevino headlines annual golf outing
December 14, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

TrevinoLisle, Illinois ~ Lee Trevino went from earning a few dollars by finding golf balls to help support his mother, sisters and grandfather to PGA tour money leader at the age of 31 and one of golf's flashiest showmen.

Today, Trevino, the "Merry Mex," prefers to work in the shadows, donating much of his time and energy to a number of charities.

Trevino will emerge from the shadows long enough to headline the 17th Annual President's Invitational Golf Outing hosted by Benedictine University on Monday, June 27 at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.

Four lucky golfers will have the opportunity to shoot golf with Trevino. University Events is sponsoring an auction with the winner and his or her foursome winning two hours of golf with Trevino. For more information, go to www.ben.edu/community/events/golf/auction.cfm. The bidding starts at $2,500 and increases in increments of $100.  

Trevino grew up in a run-down shanty on the outskirts of Dallas about 100 yards from the Dallas Athletic Club golf course. At the age of 8, he began caddying for the local players while learning the game by using old, discarded clubs on a short, three-hole course behind the caddies' shack.

 Following a stint in the Marines, Trevino resumed playing golf and despite a completely self-taught style many thought would lead to a short, unproductive career, he exploded onto the professional golf scene winning the U.S. Open in just his second year on tour.

During the course of his career – which included being struck by lightning while playing at the Western Open in 1975 – Trevino won the U.S. and British Opens twice, the Canadian Open and PGA title three times, and amassed 58 career victories on the PGA and Senior tours.

Despite his brush with death, his impoverished upbringing and a series of painful back operations – Trevino maintains his celebrated sense of humor.

"I have been hit by lighting and been in the Maine Corps for four years," he said. "I've travelled the world and been about everywhere you can imagine. There's not anything I'm scared of… except my wife."

For more information about the golf outing or to become a sponsor, contact Debbie Smith in the Benedictine University Events Office at (630) 829-6080, e-mail dsmith@ben.edu or visit www.ben.edu/community/events/golf/.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.