Lisle, Illinois ~ Golf legend Lee Trevino and CBS Sports analyst Gary McCord are the marquee names at the 20th Annual President’s Invitational Golf Outing hosted by Benedictine University on Monday, July 28 at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.
The event provides an opportunity for area golfers to rub elbows with some of golf’s greatest and play a championship course – all while contributing to a good cause. Proceeds from the event help provide scholarships for Benedictine students.
Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. Golf begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Cocktails and photos begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by the program at 6:00 p.m. where McCord will interview Trevino and share stories of their time on the PGA Tour and the world of golf.
In a little more than four decades, Trevino has earned the reputation as one of golf’s all-time greatest and most popular performers with an exceptional record. His engaging personality has marketed him as an adoring figure throughout the world.
Trevino traveled a different path than most professional golfers, rising from poor and humble beginnings on a cotton farm outside of Dallas, Texas to become one of golf’s premier self-taught players. He won his first PGA Tour event, the U.S. Open, in 1968 and in 1971 defeated Jack Nicklaus in a storied 18-hole playoff. That same year, he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year after an incredible performance capturing the Canadian Open, the U.S. Open and the British Open within a span of 45 days. Throughout his golf career, he amassed six major professional championships.
Gary McCord, on the other hand, is well known for enduring 422 tournaments without a single win throughout his 23-year career on the PGA Tour. A man of good humor, he boasted a “NO WINS” license plate for years to poke fun at his own less-than-glamorous career as a professional golfer.
McCord pursued other avenues of golf and found himself in the world of broadcasting, jumping into the role as a commentator for CBS. Fans and critics alike have praised him for his knowledgeable perspective, refreshing humor and sometimes irreverent wit toward a game that is known for taking itself very seriously.
The cost for golf and the program is $300 per person ($1,200 per foursome). Sponsorships are available by contacting Deb Smith, director of University Development Events, at (630) 829-6080, firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting ben.edu/golf.
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 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 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 third consecutive year in 2013. 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 2013.