September 26, 2013

Catholic Hosts 2013 CUA Golf Classic

WASHINGTON – The 2013 CUA Golf Classic will take place Friday, Sept. 27 at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Md.

The annual event brings the CUA community together and provides an opportunity for alumni and friends of CUA to make new connections and reconnect with old friends. Golfers of all skills are welcome to participate. The four-person scramble will have foursomes competing for team prizes in addition to individual awards throughout the day including Hole-in-One, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Putting.  

A reception dinner will take place following the golf outing. All of this leads up to the final event of the night, the presentation of the Smathers Award winner.

Schedules of Events

Time

Event

10:30 a.m.

Check-in Opens

11:30 a.m.

Driving Range and Practice Greens Available

12:30 p.m.

Shotgun Start (four-person scramble format)

6:00 p.m.

Reception Dinner

Golf Awards and Smathers Award Presentations

 

 

 

 

The CUA Smathers Award honors a former or current Catholic University student athlete who has distinguished themselves in service to their community, university, profession or country. This year’s recipient, Bob Talbot, has made significant contributions to the Catholic University community ever since he first stepped foot on campus, and continues to positively influence the lives of others.

The CUA Smathers Award is named after John E. Smathers ’80.  A political science major, Smathers earned his Juris Doctorate from CUA in 1984.  He was also a defensive back on the Cardinals football team.  Following graduation from CUA’s law school, Smathers clerked for a Circuit Court Judge and was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County from 1985 until July of 1991.

Smathers then joined the U.S. Army where he participated in Iraqi Freedom in March of 2003, serving in Iraq until March of 2004.  One of the most decorated reservists who served in Iraq, Smathers was severely wounded in battle and after courageously fighting for his life, he passed away on February 4, 2006 at the age of 47.

A 1959 graduate of CUA, Talbot was a true two-sport star student-athlete in both basketball and baseball.  He was the first 1,100-point scorer in CUA basketball history and is currently in the top 25 on the all-time scoring list with 1,187 points. A left-handed slugging first baseman and pitcher, he still holds the single-game record for strikeouts with 17 in the 1958 game against Towson State. Upon graduation, Talbot was presented with the Harris Cup trophy, awarded to the male student-athlete regarded as an outstanding leader, athlete, and scholar who made a significant contribution to the campus and community.

Talbot returned to his alma mater in 1963 when he joined the men’s basketball staff and worked for legendary CUA coach, Tom Young, for two years. He then switched his focus and coached the Catholic baseball team from 1965-77. In his final season on the diamond, he led the “Cardiac Cardinals” to the NCAA Division I regionals. He then stepped down to pursue his full time duties as the Assistant Director of Admissions.

Three years later, Talbot was named the Director of Admissions for the university where he served from 1980-94. Under his tutelage, CUA enjoyed record numbers in undergraduate and graduate enrollment. He was inducted into the CUA Hall of Fame in 1985.

Following his time in admissions, Talbot returned to help CUA sports as he was named the Director of Athletics in 1994. Talbot had a vision to bring Catholic athletics to new heights through the hiring of some of CUA’s most successful coaches including Tom Clark (Football), Mike Longergan (Men’s Basketball), Maggie Lonergan (Women’s Basketball), and current coaches Gia Cillizza (Field Hockey), Nagy Abdelrazek (Volleyball), and Brooks Singer (Men’s Lacrosse). Catholic captured its first ever National Championship in 2001 when Mike Lonergan and his team took home the NCAA Men’s Basketball Title.

Talbot spearheaded the Competitive Edge Campaign, which raised money for both interior and exterior renovations to the athletic complex, including the Cardinal FieldTurf, which is home to the Cardinal football team, field hockey team and lacrosse teams. Talbot personally raised over $1.5 million for the campaign, which continues to benefit today’s students.

Since 2007, Bob Talbot has been working as the Director of Mentoring for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. which works directly with injured veterans when they return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a mentor for the organization, Talbot uses a hands-on approach to help one soldier at a time through their journey to recovery by escorting them and their families to social events and outings. He has also influenced service members to continue their education, as several wounded veterans have enrolled at CUA and been placed in meaningful careers with the help of CUA alumni.

Although he has spent a lifetime making a difference, Bob’s current and perhaps most important calling, speaks volumes to the positive impact he has made on those that need him the most.  In the spirit of the Smathers Award, Bob has clearly distinguished himself in “service to his community, university, profession and country.”

Talbot will officially be honored with the Smathers Award at the annual CUA Golf Classic, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 at Renditions Golf Course during dinner.

For more information visit the official CUA Athletics website at www.cuacardinals.com.

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