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'Links to Past' to benefit historic park

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am

The Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site are hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Stephen F. Austin Golf Club on Friday, April 5. The “Links to the Past” tournament will offer the unique opportunity to enjoy a day of golf and raise funds for a good cause. The Friends are raising monies to support the state historic site to achieve exciting new plans to preserve and interpret San Felipe’s rich colonial history.
The tournament effort is being led by Friends member and event chair Jim Chandler. Honorary chair for the tournament is State Representative Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), a former scholarship golfer and Texas Christian University alumna. Assisting Chandler on the event committee are course pro Bobby Browne, David Franklin, Frank Monk, Michael Moore, Fred Strauss and Shelley Wong.
The tournament will be a shotgun style competition, with 4-player entries making up the teams. Along with player prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and putting competitions, there will be hole-in-one prizes and several elements that reflect the “historical” nature of the tournament. Most notably, teams can choose to use a golf ball cannon on one of the course’s par 5 holes. The black powder cannon will blast the ball down the fairway. Four-person teams can be reserved at $400 – or individual golfers can sign up for $100 – which includes tournament fees, a light lunch, course beverages and evening dinner. A dinner and silent auction will follow the day’s golf.
One unique element of this golf tournament is that it kicks off a joint project of the Friends of the San Felipe de Austin SHS and the Stephen F. Austin Golf Club to install history-themed exhibit panels at each tee box on the course. Plans are for 18 panels, one per hole, with each sharing a particular insight or theme about San Felipe’s colonial past. Sponsorships are being sought for the panels at $1,500 each, with the installations running for a five-year period.
The mission of the Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site is to support the development and operation of the historic site, managed by the Texas Historical Commission. Monies raised for the Friends organization from the tournament will support the Commission’s efforts as it works to develop a new museum and visitor center to share the stories of Austin’s Colony and to preserve and promote the stories of early settlers to Mexican Texas.
For more information, see tournament information posted at Contact us at

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