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'Golf ball drop' added to 8th annual Coaches Memorial Scholarship Scramble

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMONDSoutheastern Louisiana University’s Red Stick and Former Players alumni chapters are hosting the eighth annual Coaches Memorial Scholarship Scramble on April 4, complete with an opportunity to win up to $10,000. 

     Held at Santa Maria Golf Club in Baton Rouge, the three-man handicap scramble tournament will begin with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon.

     “This year’s tournament will provide fun for all participants and will honor former Lions football players Ray Renton and Tucker Debetaz,” said Nicholas Locascio, assistant director of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

     Locascio said the event will feature a fun fund-raiser – a “golf ball drop”-- immediately following the tournament.

     “A helicopter will drop a sack of golf balls on to one of the greens on the course,” he said. “The winner will be the person with the ball that goes in the hole or closest to the hole. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time this has ever been done in our area.” 

     Each ball is $100 and there is no limit to the number of balls that can be purchased.

     A 1971 Southeastern graduate, Renton was a member of the Lion football team and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He began working in the insurance industry in 1971 and joined Kennedy, Lewis, Renton and Associates in 1997.

     A significant supporter of Southeastern athletics, Renton was a member of the Southeastern Football Players Association for more than 10 years, president of the Lion Athletic Association, and a member of the Football Coaches Inner Circle. He and his wife, Jamie, made a leadership gift to the Campaign for Southeastern Athletics that helped return football.

     A native or Morganza, Debetaz played football at Notre Dame and Southeastern and was an all-conference player under legendary Lions coach Stan Galloway.

     Debetaz served as defensive line coach from 1970 to 1982 at McNeese State and later served as athletic director at St. Louis High School in Lake Charles. He went on to head coaching jobs at St. Joseph of Chauvin and Morgan City High School.

     Tournament prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place teams in net and gross divisions, as well as prizes for longest drive and closest to the hole Locascio said. Gerry Lane Hummer is also supplying a Hummer H3 as the hole-in-one prize.

     The entry fee for the tournament is $150 per player. Additional sponsorship opportunities available are corporate sponsorships, which include a three-man team and tee box signage for $500, and tee box sponsorships for $100 each. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Coaches Memorial Scholarship. 

     Players can register on line at For more information contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 1-800-SLU-ALUM or Ken Kenelly at 225-752-8888.

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