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UT Tyler Magazine - Spring / Summer 2016

Celebrating 30 Years
Patriot Classic Supports Educational Goals Across the Region

Ben Crenshaw

Together, the two events that comprise the Patriot Classic – the UT Tyler Suddenlink Patriot Million Dollar Hole-in-One Contest and the Patriot Golf Classic Tournament – have provided nearly $2 million for scholarships in three decades, supporting the educational goals of thousands of students across the region.

UT Tyler celebrated 30 years of Patriot Classic success with this year’s events, which featured PGA champion Ben Crenshaw. The Austin native is no stranger to UT Tyler. He played in the 1988 Eisenhower International Golf Classic, which is now the Patriot Golf Classic.

The annual events date back to March 1986, when the honorary organization now known as the Patriots created the Million Dollar Hole-in-One in conjunction with what was the Eisenhower International Golf Classic.

“For 30 years, community supporters and volunteers have partnered with the university to support student scholarships through these events,’’ UT Tyler President Rodney Mabry said.

The Patriots organization, led this year by President Robert Wilson, “has made a true difference to our students since it began in 1984,’’ Mabry said. “The Patriots host the weeklong Hole-in-One Contest, chaired this year by Ingrid Young.’’

The Patriot Golf Classic Committee, chaired this year by Joe Elliott and co-chaired by Steve Hellmuth, organizes the golf tournament. “The committee works hard to make sure that the Patriot Golf Classic continues its legacy as East Texas’ premier golfing experience,’’ Mabry noted.

Classic Society
A Firm Base of Support for UT Tyler

The Patriot Golf Classic depends on the strong shoulders of those who make up the UT Tyler Classic Society. This elite group is dedicated to supporting scholarships at the university.

The Classic Society is a select organization of civic, business, professional and philanthropic leaders devoted to perpetuating the Patriot Golf Classic and enhancing its prestigious traditions and high standards.

The organization, which began with the Eisenhower International Golf Classic in 1990, recognizes the economic, social and educational significance of the Patriot Golf Classic. Each year, members of the society make contributions that collectively provide a firm base of support, thereby ensuring a secure future for the UT Tyler Patriot Golf Classic in East Texas.

Clasic Society members include:

Classic Platinum Society

  • Glenda Barrett, in Memory of Bill Barrett

Classic Gold Society

  • Donald Chase
  • Mike Clements, Clements Fluids Management LLC
  • Dennis Darryl, The Genecov Group
  • Steve Hellmuth, Striping Technology LP
  • David Irwin, Tyler Ford
  • Alan Jones, Jones Research
  • Miles Koon, Noveau Construction & Technology Services
  • Jon Moore, Citizens National Bank
  • Barbara Shtofman, in Memory of Normon Shtofman
  • Jerry Spencer, Spencer Distributing Co.

Classic Society

  • Justin Armstrong, Texas National Bank
  • Brad Box, Hilliard Box Insurance
  • Eddie Dow, Dow Autoplex
  • John Gaston, KYTX - CBS 19
  • President Rod Mabry, The University of Texas at Tyler
  • John C. Martin, R&K Distributors Inc.
  • James I. Perkins, Citizens 1st Bank

Classic Success: 1986-2016
Many Thanks to Our Golf-Related Scholarship Donors

The University of Texas at Tyler Patriot Classic benefits the UT Tyler scholarship programs for students in Tyler, Longview and Palestine. These scholarship programs include:

  • Ambassador Endowment
  • AS Genecov Foundation Scholarship
  • Bill and Glenda Barrett-Greater Texas Foundation Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship
  • Brent and Rhonda Bossart Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • King Campbell Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Donald and Shirley Chase Scholarship
  • Citizens National Bank of Henderson Texas Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Clements Family Foundation Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Todd Cruthird and Bailey Cruthird Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Steve Hellmuth and Linda Rudd Patriot Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • David and Tracy Irwin Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • John Jones Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Miles and Debbie Koon Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Patriot Classic Scholarship Endowment
  • Patriot Golf Classic Endowed Scholarship
  • Norman M. Shtofman Classic Society Gold Scholarship
  • Jerry Spencer Endowed Scholarship
  • UT Tyler Patriot Million Dollar Hole-in-One Endowed Scholarship



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