This year’s annual Ted Bauer Golf Classic was a hole in one for the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, raising more than $50,000 for student scholarships.
The tournament, which is organized each year by members of the Bauer College Alumni Association, marked several firsts for the college, Alumni Events Coordinator Tanara Landor said, including the number of participants. Thirty-four teams of four, or 136 players, filled the green at Champions Golf Club.
“The attendance at the 2008 Ted Bauer Golf Classic was the best we have had in recent years,” said Oscar Gutierrez (’79, EMBA ’94), a member of the Bauer Alumni Association and co-chairman of the Golf Committee. “Our sight is now set on increasing attendance and improving the experience for our sponsors and participants in 2009.”
In addition to renaming the tournament as the Ted Bauer Golf Classic in honor of the college’s benefactor, Charles T. Bauer, the group initiated several changes to the event – non-golfers had the opportunity to support the tournament by sponsoring their favorite foursome.
The alumni association also conducted its first online auction in conjunction with the tournament. The auction featured items including artwork, autographed sports memorabilia, vacation trips and rounds of golf. “The silent auction is a new component of the golf tournament and will continue each year,” Landor said.
The items were donated by alumni and businesses and raised an additional $8,000 for student scholarships, said Edward Edson (MBA ’02), who coordinated the auction. “It is very important to note that there was an abundance of help and support from our alumni organization and student volunteers,” said Edson, who is also a member of the Bauer Alumni Association.
The group plans to make the online auction a tradition coupled with the annual golf tournament, Edson said, raising more funds each time. “For our first attempt, we raised over $8,000,” he said. “I believe this is a great start, but nowhere close to this event’s potential.”
By Mayra Cruz
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.