Annual Benedictine outing brings notoriety, golf legends to local links

July 10, 2013

Golf Outing (Feherty) resizeLisle, Illinois ~ Masters Tournament champions, U.S. Open winners, golf commentators and professional coaches – what do they all have in common?

They’ve all made appearances at the Benedictine University President’s Invitational Golf Outing, an event that gives area golfers the chance to rub elbows with some of golf’s greatest and play a championship course – all while contributing to a good cause.

Over the last few years, participants have met Tom Watson, the six-time PGA Tour Player of the Year, played a round of golf with the illustrious Lee Trevino, attended a clinic conducted by professional women’s golfer Natalie Gulbis and had Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, provide golf tips and pointers on their swing.

And on June 24, at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, golfers who were lucky enough to purchase tickets met entertaining CBS Sports commentator and former golf professional David Feherty.

Feherty enjoyed a successful professional career with 10 victories worldwide and more than $3 million in prize money. He was a regular on the European Tour with victories including the ICL International, the Italian Open, Scottish Open, South Africa PGA, BMW Open, Cannes Open and Madrid Open. He captained the winning Irish team in the 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup and played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991, an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to meet a golf legend while playing a round of golf, then the President’ Invitational Golf Outing, which is held every year in late June, is something you’re going to want to purchase tickets for up to three months in advance.

Tickets for this year’s event sold out unusually early due to the popularity of the event.

The outing is also the University’s largest fundraiser for scholarships, providing qualifying students with the funding they need to achieve an affordable, values-based private education. Last year, the event raised a record amount and was able to help more than 160 students in their quest for a Benedictine education.

While more funding has been raised than ever before, needs continue to outweigh available resources as students struggle to afford the cost of college in a weak economy.

In 2012, requests for scholarship applications from students tripled and the year before, 96 percent of the University’s freshmen students received some form of financial aid and 56 percent of all Benedictine students depended on need-based aid.

Attending the golf outing is not only an incredible experience – it’s an investment in the lives of future medical professionals, business leaders, scientists, educators, problem solvers and community leaders.

Donations to this worthwhile cause are still being accepted. If anyone is interested in donating to the University, would like to be a sponsor for next year or be notified about the next guest and buy tickets, contact Deb Smith, director of University Development Events at or (630) 829-6080.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the second consecutive year in 2012. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2012.

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