Dozens of players traveled from across North Texas to the Las Colinas Country Club to support the University of Dallas and its students by participating in the university’s 17-year-old annual charity golf tournament, the Galecke Open. Proceeds from the tournament, which raised more than $221,000, will go to the University of Dallas’ Cor Fund.
"The Galecke Open is always a wonderful opportunity for so many of us to get together and enjoy a beautiful day on the golf course, knowing that all of the funds raised will be used to help students attend the University of Dallas," said President Thomas W. Keefe.
One-hundred twenty-eight players, including alumni, university trustees and members of the local Catholic community, played in this year’s 18-hole charity golf tournament. The roster included Honorary Chairman Bob Galecke, National Alumni Board President Dexter Freeman, MBA ’11, and Catholic Diocese of Dallas COO Bill Keffler.
Among the tournament’s 55 sponsors were Eagle Sponsors CHRISTUS Health and Aramark, and Presenting Sponsor Dan Flaherty with VARIDESK. Other major sponsors included Ben E. Keith and Aristotle Capital Management.
With another successful tournament in the books and the winning team — Chris and Nick Flaherty and Luke and Kyle Callahan — awarded this year’s Galecke Cup, the Galecke Open remains one of North Texas’ most reputable charity golf tournaments. Proceeds earmarked for the Cor Fund support student scholarships and development, faculty research and development, and programs and services to enhance student well-being and success.
The charity golf event began in 2001 and was then known as the University of Dallas Golf Tournament. Last year, it was renamed the Galecke Open in honor of the tournament’s founder Bob Galecke, who served as a University of Dallas administrator for 20 years.
In 2015, the event was North Texas’ 14th largest charity golf tournament in terms of funds raised, according to the Dallas Business Journal.