Friday, May 6, 2011 - 5:30pm to Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 7:00pm
There still is time for golfers and Wildcat fans to register to mingle and play golf with retired UA men’s basketball head coach and Hall of Famer Lute Olson – and former Arizona Wildcat basketball stars – at the 24th Annual Lute Olson Golf Tournament and Auction, Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at the Ventana Canyon Golf Club, 6200 N. Club House Lane, Tucson.
The event also helps to improve the lives of people with arthritis by raising much-needed funds for research at the Arizona Arthritis Center, a nationally-recognized Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
The fun begins with the Lute Olson Celebrity Auction on Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and photo opportunities with Lute Olson and former Wildcat players Joseph Blair, Matt Brase, Reggie Geary, Jamelle Horne, Harvey Mason, Joe McLean, Matt Muehlebach, Joe Nehls, Khalid Reeves, Sean Rooks and Corey Williams. (Damon Stoudamire also is tentatively scheduled to participate.) Live and silent auctions follow at 7 p.m. The live auction offers a chance to bid on a former player or coach to be part of your foursome at Saturday’s tournament. The silent auction includes sports memorabilia, vacation and golf packages, and other exceptional merchandise. Tickets are $25 per person ($10 tax-deductible) and are required for admission to the Ventana Canyon Golf Club.
The Lute Olson Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 7, begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Golfers can take a swing with Lute Olson and former Wildcat stars in a competitive 18-hole scramble. Tickets include admission to the Friday night Celebrity Auction, and Saturday’s tournament with a continental breakfast and 19th Hole Party and Awards Ceremony. Fees are:
- $1,200 per foursome with tee sponsor ($740 tax-deductible)
- $900 per foursome ($440 tax-deductible)
- $250 per person ($135 tax-deductible)
- $30 per person, 19th Hole Party ($9 tax-deductible)
The tournament’s honorary chairman is UA alumnus Joseph Blair. Title sponsor is Desert Diamond Casino and media sponsor is BizTucson magazine.
The event honors the late Saul Tobin, local home builder, generous philanthropist and Life Director of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, who founded the event in 1987. To date, more than $2 million has been raised for the Arizona Arthritis Center, which has been a leader in the development of some of the first artificial joints as well as arthritis medications and therapies that have benefited patients in Arizona and nationwide. Proceeds have funded such projects as a metabolic bone disease research lab at the AAC and research of the bone health of Arizona’s Native Americans.