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Unprecedented Year for “A Conversation With a Living Legend”

Unprecedented Year for “A Conversation With a Living Legend”
Jack Nicklaus generates record ticket sales
M. D. Anderson News Release 10/07/04

Three weeks before The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s annual fund-raising luncheon, “A Conversation With a Living Legend,” supporters have contributed a record $571,000 for the institution’s research and patient care initiatives.

The luncheon’s draw? A man accustomed to breaking records — Jack Nicklaus.

On Oct. 28, Nicklaus will greet the crowd of approximately 1,200 in the Khmer Pavillion at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel, and chat with Dallas’ David Feherty, golf commentator for CBS Sports and GOLF Magazine columnist, discussing the various facets of his incredible career.

This year’s chair, Lamar Norsworthy, chair and chief executive officer of Holly Corporation, is pleased with the unprecedented response.

“People are excited about the fact that the guest of honor is such a truly incredible athlete, a man whose contribution to the golf world is unsurpassed, and they have responded with exceptional support, even before invitations were mailed. On behalf of the Living Legend committee, I am pleased to be able to make such a dynamic contribution to cancer research and care at M. D. Anderson,” says Norsworthy.

Nicklaus won his first golf tournament at the age of 10, and since then, his career has spanned six decades. With more than 100 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 20 major-championship titles, he is the only player in history to have won each of the game’s professional majors at least three times, as well as the only player to have completed the career “grand slam” on both the regular and senior tours.

Five-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year Award, Nicklaus has been the PGA Tour’s leading money-winner eight times and runner-up six times. He has played on six Ryder Cup teams, captained two other Ryder Cup teams, and served as U.S. captain for the 1998, 2003, and soon, 2005, Presidents Cup teams. Dubbed “The Golden Bear” in the early 1960s by sportswriter Don Lawrence during one of Nicklaus’ first visits to Australia, Nicklaus holds one of the most recognizable monikers in sports history.

Not long after launching his remarkable record-setting playing career in the early 1960s, Nicklaus entered the world of golf course design. Since his first work debuted in 1970, Nicklaus has been involved in the design of 232 courses open for play worldwide. His company, Nicklaus Design, has 277 courses open for play in 27 countries and 36 states. Recently, Nicklaus was named by a national publication as the Most Powerful Person in Golf.

Feherty himself also has had a successful golf career, having won 10 professional tournaments worldwide and more than $3 million in prize money. A former regular on the European Tour, Feherty retired in 1997, and now is known for his colorful golf commentary. Because of his unique wit and humor, GOLF Magazine’s readers chose Feherty as their favorite golf announcer in 2002.

The ballroom will be transformed into a golf course courtesy of events planner James C. Monroe and Associates. Each table will represent various parts of the course, from the tee box and fairway to the green and sand traps. Whimsical live grass centerpieces will capture various mishaps common to the game, such as a small pond with circling goldfish, complete with cell phone and golf balls at the bottom, as well as a sand box containing keys, bits of shrubbery and golf balls.

Since 1990, the luncheon has raised more than $5 million for research and patient care initiatives at M. D. Anderson. Legends have included Arnold Palmer, Nolan Ryan, Colin Powell, Barbara and George Bush, Lance Armstrong, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Norman Schwarzkopf, Margaret Thatcher and Cal Ripken Jr., among others.

Tickets are still available for the 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. luncheon, and range from $125 for an individual ticket to $15,000 for a table for 10. For more information, please call 1 (866) 262-9029.

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