There are only two days and an early wake-up before tee time for the 2012 Whang Bang Golf Tournament.
The Whang Bang is a major fund-raiser for Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association. Where else can you have a great time for a great cause?
And also, while you’re at it, have as much fun as you can stand.
The Whang Bang is Friday’s opening shot in the Homecoming 2012 “Faithful to the Gold and Blue” celebration.
Twenty teams have already registered and that means there is room for only four more 6-person teams in the shootout.
It also means that if you haven’t already signed up, you are in serious danger of being left out of the funnest golf tournament in the world and other places.
Register now online at alumni.SE.edu or phone 580-745-2875. Registration fee is $75 per player. It includes green fee, cart, goodie bag, breakfast and lunch, free beverages and a shot at some prizes.
Stuteville Ford of Atoka wants to give you a car for a hole-in-one. Other prizes are available with Closest-to-the-Pin and Long Drive contests for both men and women.
There is a Savage Storm Golf and More Fun Package for $25. It includes two mulligans, entry into a drawing for door prizes and a card game on the course with the winner receiving a 2-night stay at Choctaw Casino and Resort.
Individual mulligans may be purchased for $10 each and that also makes you eligible for door prizes.
There’s never any way to tell which legend you may run into at the Whang Bang. Athletes from Southeastern’s storied past usually show up even though some of them are a step slower than they were back in the day.
The golf is great fun. Even greater fun is hanging around and listening to all of the stories.
Listening to the stories is included in the registration fee.
As of Wednesday, there was still room for four teams. That’s only 24 players and if you ain’t one of them, you blew it.
Honorary starters this year are Jerry Shipp and Wayne Cobb. You want legends? You have legends.
THE FORMER ATHLETES’ Breakfast sets Saturday in motion with the first fork stabbing the first biscuit and gravy at 8:30 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Southeastern athletes then and now will demonstrate the proper method of getting to the head of the chow line, selecting the best table, uploading the plates and downloading the groceries.
The event features fun, food and fellowship and a side of tall tales with some truth involved.
Several of the athletes attending the breakfast are also featured on the arena walls with photos and stories of past glories.
The person sitting next to you may already be on the arena wall or in line to be honored in the near future.
A BONUS PRIZE will be available here Saturday with coach Melvin Brown and some of his footballers from 1957-61.
It’s difficult to pin down an exact number, but from five to 20 of the players from that era will be here for a meal at Tailgate Alley and some might even make it in time for breakfast.
Brown and the players will be recognized at one of the media timeouts during the Storm’s Homecoming game against Ouachita Baptist University.