Prep sports: World Golf Hall of Famer Curtis Strange to headline Winged Foot award banquet

BY CLAY W. CONE
CONE COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

World Golf Hall of Fame member and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange will headline the 29th Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation awards banquet on Thursday, May 24 at Artis—Naples.

The annual presentation recognizes the achievements of Collier County’s best scholar athletes.

Strange, 63, will give the keynote speech at the banquet. He was one of the top players on the PGA Tour in the 1980s and was the winner of consecutive U.S. Open titles in 1988 and 1989. He is also a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Strange spent more than 200 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between its debut in 1986 and 1990.

The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award began in 1990 at the Collier Athletic Club as a vision to recognize the top senior scholar athlete from each of the high schools in Collier County. The first award was presented to Terry Dean of Barron Collier High School at a banquet featuring sportscaster Dick Vitale. The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award has become the most prestigious award a high school student can receive in Collier County.

Each of the public and private high schools nominates its best senior scholar-athlete. Finalists receive a $5,000 scholarship. The winner, selected by a panel of Winged Foot Committee members and local citizens, earns a crystal trophy and a $10,000 scholarship.

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. with the dinner and awards presentation to follow at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $275 per person. A number of sponsorship opportunities also are now available. For additional information, contact Brooke A. Hornbeck at 239-280-3270 or email Brooke_Hornbeck@ajg.com.

Major sponsors of the 29th Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation awards banquet include Barron Collier Jr. Foundation Inc., Iberiabank, Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA, Dr. Charles Karpas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, The Lutgert Companies and Gallagher Lutgert Insurance.