2013 University of Mobile Golf Classic

Photos by Dan Anderson
Winners from L to R: Dennis McLaughlin, Brett Marler, Kenny Smith, Matt Drinkard


For the second year, Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear hosted the University of Mobile Golf Classic. The 16th annual tournament was held May 17 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Nineteen teams made up of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university played in this year’s event.

Players on the winning team were Matt Drinkard, Brett Marler, Dennis McLaughlin and Kenny Smith with a score of 54.

“We had a wonderful day on the golf course,” said Hali Givens, director of development for special projects. “The UMobile Golf Classic is a great way to support the university, meet up with old friends and make new ones. We are always excited to have new individuals and teams join us for this fun event.”

Lunch was served following the tournament where winners were announced and door prizes were awarded. Players also enjoyed music by Trey Taulbee ’08.

This year’s tournament was held in honor of Dr. Terry Hopper for his years of service to the university. Hopper joined the University of Mobile in 1970 teaching in the Physical Education Department. He headed intramural sports and, in 1984, was named head coach of the athletic program’s first sport, men’s golf. He led the men’s golf team to an NAIA national championship in 1997 and the women’s in 1998.

Hopper was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 18 times and was inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Hopper retired from teaching full-time in 2006, but continued coaching golf at UMobile until 2012.

Plan now to join us next Spring for the 17th annual UMobile Golf Classic. You will enjoy a great day on the greens while supporting the university. Proceeds from the tournament go toward the UMobile fund which helps support student scholarships. For more information, call the Development Office at 251.442.2497.

About the Author

Nancy Snodgrass

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from then-named Mobile College and worked in IT support and even owned her own sewing business before joining the UMobile staff in 2009. She is married to Phillip Snodgrass ’83 and enjoys playing the piano, crocheting, film noir, and reading classic mystery novels.