2019 Golf Shamble to honor Kim Backus

The 2018 Little Rock Golf Shamble.

The fifth annual Little Rock Golf Shamble has been set for Monday, Aug. 26, at Pleasant Valley Country Club. This year’s event will honor Kim Backus, who has been a tremendous supporter of the Little Rock golf programs for a number of years. 

“Kim Backus is one of the most humble and selfless people I have ever met,” said Director of Golf Jake Harrington. “Everything he does is because he genuinely cares about those around him. For over 30 years, the men’s and women’s golf coaches at Little Rock have relied on one man to outfit their players with the best apparel possible, and that is Kim Backus.”

“In addition, his passion for the game of golf, our student-athletes, and this community are second to none. He is one of the most respected people in the Little Rock golf community and has made an incredible impact on the lives of our current and former student athletes and coaches. I am excited to be able to honor him this August for all that he has done for Little Rock golf.”

Backus has been an avid supporter of Little Rock men’s and women’s golf programs and he and his wife Priscilla have also been long time season ticket holders for basketball.

“We’re very appreciative of Kim Backus and his decades-long support of our Trojan student-athletes,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque. “He has gone above and beyond to assist our golf program and it seems only fitting to honor him at this year’s Golf Shamble.”

Backus will join Norwood, John Elliott, Dan Snider, and Bruce Munson as past honorees at the annual shamble.

“Kim has done more for golf in Arkansas and for the Little Rock golf program than any person I know,” said former head coach and Trojan Hall of Famer Wyn Norwood. “He’s done it from a position not wanting or expecting any gratitude. He does it for his love of golf and for the community.”

The Little Rock Golf Shamble has evolved into an incredibly successful event, raising funds to support both the Trojan men’s and women’s golf programs. The 2018 event raised nearly $56,000 for the teams, which goes directly to help the Little Rock golf student-athletes compete at the highest level.

The entry fee for this year’s event is $1,600 per team as each foursome will compete with a “celebrity,” including former and current Trojan golf student-athletes. Team entries will be served on a first-come, first-served basis as spots fill up fast. For more information, please contact Tyson Baldwin, director of athletic advancement, at 501-350-4653 or twbaldwin@ualr.edu.

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