Fourth Annual McDonald's Texas Invitational Golf Classic A Success

Fourth Annual McDonald's Texas Invitational Golf Classic A Success
Posted on 06/10/2015
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The fourth annual McDonald's Texas Invitational Golf Classic was a success again this year thanks to the 52 teams, countless volunteers and generous sponsors who joined in the event.

Teams gathered early Tuesday morning at the Timber Creek golf club in Friendswood to tee off with a shotgun start at the 27 hole course.

After a long day of golf, three teams reigned victorious. First place went to the City of Pasadena team, Randy Perry, City of Pasadena Human Resources; David Speights, Pasadena Police Department; Chris Murray, Pasadena Police Department and Josh Verde.

“Our win was unexpected,” Perry said. “Everything just happened to fall in place for us on the day and that enabled us to score really well. It was a great tournament with a wonderful turnout.”

City of Pasadena

The Dobie High School team took second overall. Team members were Franklin Moses, Principal; Mike Van Essen, Associate Principal; Thomas Etienne, physics teacher and Ben Arnett, alumnus.

Dobie High School

Third place went to the Marcus Acosta State Farm team, Marcus Acosta; Noel Vallejo; Fernando De La Rosa and Juan Gonzalez.

State Farm

Other winners included Juan Gonzalez, Closest to the Pin on Pines #8; Josh Burke, Closest to the Pin on Trails #2; Russell Wright, Closest to the Pin on Creekside #4; Cole Mercer, Men’s Longest Drive on Pines #3; Josh Verde, Men’s Longest Drive on Creekside #8 and Lisa Faith Massey, Ladies’ Longest Drive on Pines #3 and on Creekside #8.

All funding from the golf classic will be added to the proceeds to the 2015 McDonald's Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament scheduled for November 19-21. The event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Pasadena ISD and Deer Park ISD Education Foundations and attracts as many as 30,000 fans each year. 

Over the last 12 years, over 1.3 million dollars has been contributed to the Pasadena Education Foundation and over $190,000 has been given to the Deer Park ISD Education Foundation to be distributed to teachers in the form of mini-grants.

Hours of planning and organizing to make sure the tournament runs smoothly was accomplished by the McDonald's Texas Invitational Golf Classic committee: Jack Bailey, Chairman, Kathy Bailey, Bob Ellis, Roneka Lee, Jerry Krampen, Wayne Adams, Randy Perry, Sherry and DC Trainer, David Terrell, Cindy Parmer and Isabel Trevino.

Police Department

The tournament is made possible in no small part by the generous sponsors: Cima Services, Piper Jaffray and Co., Whitney Miller, Access Electric, Inc., Andrews Kurth LLP, Pasadena Trailer and Truck Accessories, Engenuity, Jimmy Changas, Ocen Breeze Occupation, Conscious Discipline and Highpoint Insurance, Phelps Insurance, McDonald’s, Barbara Walling, Neighbors Emergency Center, and Dr. Pepper. There are also numerous hole sponsors and door prize sponsors who contributed to the success of the tournament.

Neighbors Emergency
Cindy Parmer, Pasadena ISD Director of Community Relations; Barbara Walling, Neighbors Emergency Center and Jennifer Torres, Coordinator Deer Park Education Foundation. Barbara donated a Wimberly golf package to the raffle worth over $3,000.

“Thank you to everyone who pulled together to produce such a wonderful tournament,” tournament committee chairman Jack Bailey said. “From the volunteers to the players and sponsors, the whole day was a success.”

School Board

Gulf Coast Educators

Sam Rayburn

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