Golfest, Butler University's annual golf outing in support of Bulldog Athletics - was held on Monday, June 6 at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. In an effort to enhance the overall student-athlete experience, all funds raised through the outing directly benefit Butler’s 365 student-athletes and 19 NCAA Division I teams.
Two hundred and fifty-three golfers participated and 53 sponsors supported this year’s Golfest making it one of the largest outings in the history of the event for the second year in a row. It was a perfect day for golf as warm air and intermittent sunshine covered the 36-hole course throughout the afternoon.
New Butler University President James Danko and his wife Bethanie stopped in and were introduced to those in attendance by Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier. President Danko took a few minutes to address the group and thanked everyone for their support of Butler University and Butler Athletics.
The 62 foursomes were made up of Bulldog Club donors, former student-athletes, corporate sponsors, coaches and athletic staff members. After the round was completed, attendees were addressed by Butler head coaches Tari St. John (women’s soccer), Bill Mattingly (men’s & women’s golf), Jeff Voris (football), Beth Couture (women’s basketball) and Brad Stevens (men’s basketball). Head coaches who were not able to attend were absent due to running summer camps, recruiting or traveling to NCAA Championships.
Also making an appearance in the afternoon was Butler’s famed mascot, Butler Blue II. Blue II arrived in his new ride the Blue II Mobile (driven by handler Michael Kaltenmark) and greeted golfers as they returned to the clubhouse after the round.
Also on display at Golfest was the 2010-11 McCafferty Trophy and men’s and women’s all-sports trophies. For the second consecutive year and for a record-breaking eighth time overall, Butler captured the James J. McCafferty Trophy as the Horizon League’s all-sports champion. The Bulldogs further won both the men’s and women’s all-sports titles to make a clean sweep of the league’s annual competition awards.
"What a great Golfest again this year. To get 250 plus people on a Monday is an outstanding example of how much the Butler faithful care about Bulldog Athletics,” said Associate Athletic Director Mike Freeman. “We cannot thank all the participants, sponsors and volunteers for making it a day that everyone looks forward to each June."
In years past, Golfest came on the heels of the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame induction, typically held the Sunday evening before the golf outing. This year, the Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24 following Butler’s home football game versus Drake.
2011 Scramble Winners
Men's North Course Division – Greg O’Connor Foursome
Men's South Course Division – Steve Zimmerman, John Gollnick, Dick Weimer & Doug Dorrell
Mixed South Course Division – Bruce Calabrese, Terry Corman, Dan Schull & Julie Harding
Women's South Course Division – Sally Corman, Karen Scott, Judy Schmits & Stephanie Lorton