Bethel University’s annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will officially be named The Jerry Wilcoxson Memorial Golf Tournament at this year’s event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21 at Carroll Lake Golf Course.
Wilcoxson, who passed away in 2015, was a long-time educator, administrator and coach at Bethel. One of his most notable roles at Bethel was as Golf Coach.
“Coach Wilcoxson positively influenced and impacted many students in his role as golf coach,” said Bethel President, Dr. Walter Butler. “It is very fitting that this annual event is named in his honor.”
Butler pointed out that the club house space at Carroll Lake Golf Course is also undergoing some renovations that will serve as a reminder of the legacy Coach Wilcoxson left behind.
“We could have this tribute to Coach Wilcoxson in some space on the Bethel campus,” Butler said. “But after much thought and consideration, the tribute seems more meaningful to fellow golfers at our local course. We are very grateful to club owners Jerry and Nan Stanley for graciously allowing Bethel to honor Coach Wilcoxson in this way.”
Butler said there will be an open house to see the new space beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the tournament that morning.
“Registration for the tournament begins at 9 a.m. as well, but even if you don’t plan on playing in the tournament, I encourage you to come to the open house and to see this tribute to Coach Wilcoxson. Some of his family members have indicated that they plan to attend, and I know they would love to see those who had friendships with him,” Butler said. “Then at 10 a.m., there will be a brief dedication with the shotgun start for the golf tournament following.”
The golf tournament is a 4-person scramble, and local golfers are also encouraged to take part.
“One thing we want people to remember is that this tournament is not just for our alumni,” said Butler. “It’s a great opportunity to sign up, have a day of fellowship and catch up with alumni who are playing in the event.”
The tournament fee is $55 per person or $220 per team. The fee covers green fees, cart, lunch and prizes.
“With a good turnout we will have two flights with first and second place cash prizes in each flight,” Butler said.
To reserve a team or an individual spot in the tournament, contact Jennifer Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 731-352-4259. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. However, space permitting, anyone can register the day of the tournament beginning at 9 a.m.