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DePaul Golf Newsletter

Mar 31, 2016




DePaul Golf Newsletter

  • 2012-13 RosterName Year Hometown/High School/Last CollegeMoritz Ackerhans Jr. Kiel, Germany/Kieler Gelehrten SchuleRussell Budd Sr. Toronto, Ontario/Community Hebrew AcademyAdrian Halimi Fr. Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia/Santa LaurensiaMoritz Hausweiler Fr. Dusseldorf, Germany/Millfield SchoolJan Juelicher So. Neusaess, Germany/Peutinger GymnasiumAlex Lloyd So. Scottsdale, Ariz./ChaparralJohn Pavelko Sr. Chanhassen, Minn./ChaskaBrad Peterson So. Palatine, Ill./FremdMark Sanchez Jr. Mississauga, Ontario/The Pendleton School (Fla.)Brad Stephens Sr. Rosemont, Ill./East LeydenCoaches

    Betty Kaufmann - Head Coach One of the most distinguished golf professionals and educators in Illinois and the nation, Betty Kaufmann is in her 15th season in 2012-13 as the head mens golf coach at DePaul.Kaufmann, named one of the 50 Best Teachers for 2008-09 by the LPGA, brings forth an enormous amount of experience as a golfer, golf instructor, college coach and administrator to the DePaul golf program.

    While building success on the course, Kaufmanns teams continue to excel in the classroom. Every member of the 2006-07 golf team was named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star, six of nine golfers received the recognition in 2007-08 and eight of 10 were honoed in 2008-09.

    Dylan Gergen - Graduate Assistant CoachDylan Gergen is in his first year as a graduate assistant mens golf coach. Gergen comes to DePaul after a successful career at Loyola-Chicago where he earned All-Horizon League honors and was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2011.The former Rambler team MVP, Gergen was the individual runner-up at DePauls John Dallio Memorial Tournament and also at the Green Bay Invitational in 2010.

    He claimed championship honors at the Butler Spring Invitational and at the Highlander as a junior.

  • 2012-2013 SCHEDULEDate Opponent / Event Location Time / Result The Match Play Feb 11 vs. Cleveland State Reunion, Fla. (Reunion Resort) W, 4-3 vs. Marquette Reunion, Fla. (Reunion Resort) L, 4-3Feb 12 vs. Seton Hall Reunion, Fla. (Reunion Resort) W, 6-1Feb 16 vs. Ohio Okatie, S.C. (Chechessee Creek CC) L, 4-1

    Wexford Plantation IntercollegiateFeb 18 Day One Hilton Head, S.C. (Wexford Plantation) 9th Feb 19 Day Two Hilton Head, S.C. (Wexford Plantation) 11th USF InvitationalMar 3 Day One Dade City, Fla. (Lake Jovita GC) 17thMar 4 Day Two Dade City, Fla. (Lake Jovita GC) All DayMar 5 Day Three Dade City, Fla. (Lake Jovita GC) All Day

    Memphis IntercollegiateMar 25 Day One Cordova, Tenn. (Colonial GC) All DayMar 26 Day Two Cordova, Tenn. (Colonial GC) All Day

    Spring Break InvitationalMar 29 Day One Delray Beach, Fla. (Glen Eagles CC) All DayMar 30 Day Two Delray Beach, Fla. (Glen Eagles CC) All DayMar 31 Day Three Delray Beach, Fla. (Glen Eagles CC) All Day

    Northwestern Spring InvitationalApr 15 Day One Glenview, Ill. (Glen GC) All DayApr 16 Day Two Glenview, Ill. (Glen GC) All Day

    BIG EAST ChampionshipApr 28 Day One Reunion, Fla. (Reunion GC) All DayApr 29 Day Two Reunion, Fla. (Reunion GC) All DayApr 30 Day Three Reunion, Fla. (Reunion GC) All Day

  • Benefactor who played on first golf team recently endowed scholarship for $100,000Little did Bill Smithburg ever imagine that he would go from teeing it up at DePaul to becoming the CEO of Quaker Oats and going for the green against Michael Jordan. Smithburg ushered in the inception of DePaul golf in 1958 and 1959 before skyrocketing to the pinnacle of the business world in being named president of Quaker Oats in 1979 and CEO two years later. The acquisition of Gatorade resulted in Quaker Oats signing Jordan to a 10-year sponsorship deal in 1991---the same year the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship. It wasnt long before the former Blue Demon golfer and the superstar from North Carolina hooked up on a golf course. Michael is so funny on a golf course, Smithburg said. He is also the most competitive human being I have ever played with. I hit a drive on this one hole that was of my best shots, and people were admiring it. Michael looked over at me and smiled. Then he said: My ball will be in the air when it goes over yours. He always had a big smile, but that guy never wanted to lose. Smithburg still remembers the time Quaker Oats conducted a big management meeting in southern California. Jordan brought his wife and children along and they went to the amusement parks. Jordan attended the meeting, but was more focused on hitting the fairways. One day, Smithburg, Jordan and a couple of Quaker Oats executives played a round of golf before heading back to the hotel for some tennis. On the way, they passed Venice Beach and noticed all the hard-core playground hoopsters going three-on-three. Somebody in the car suggested they pull over and join the competition. Jordan said he couldnt do it, that it wouldnt be right. After some spirited tennis matches back at the hotel, Smithburg had to get ready for that evenings dinner and a speech he would make. Jordan looked over at a middle-aged, Quaker Oats sports marketing manager and his friend.Lets go back to Venice Beach, Jordan said. Smithburg chuckles as he recounts the tale. So, these two middle-aged white guys walk over by the playground courts full of athletic, mostly African-American guys going at it strong, Smithburg said. They say we got next, and we have Michael Jordan on our team. Everybody started laughing until Jordan came walking over. Next thing you knew, the game was on. They won game after game and kept the court. If the score got close, Jordan would tell his teammates: Just get out of my way and let me have the ball. I was told that an hour or two later, several thousand people had gathered to watch Jordan play. When I saw Michael later that night, he told me the day of golf, tennis and pickup basketball was the most fun he had the whole year. The good times for Smithburg at DePaul really got going after Father Austin Minogue, C.M. threw out the idea of starting a golf team during Smithburgs junior year.

  • We had six guys on the team, and the program wasnt anything like it is today, Smithburg said. The farthest we traveled for a tournament was South Bend, Ind. There were no golf scholarships like at Notre Dame and Northwestern. Father Minogue recruited me. He was a golf-playing priest and a great guy. Our golf program back then was like an entrepreneur starting up a business with a very low budget. But it was so much fun, and so great to play competitive golf. Being in a sport is so exhilarating. It invigorates you. It keeps your brain and your body going. I wasnt big enough to play football or basketball. But playing golf at DePaul, you felt like you were doing something for your school. Smithburg said he attended DePaul to get a business degree and not to become a golf pro. What did you want out of this period in your life? Smithburg said. I wanted to get an education, study for a successful career in business and round out my personality as a person. Playing golf inspired me to do well in all those areas and was an added amount of fun and a chal-lenge. It was a chance to play against some top college golfers. Its too bad everyone cant have the same experience we had on the golf team. Fifty-four years later, I still talk about it to my friends and family. My oldest son, Tom Smithburg, was walking through the hallway at the Athletic Center when his friend saw the photo of our golf team and said: Hey, thats your dad. Smithburg has been a staunch advocate of the Blue Demon golf program, recently endowing a scholarship with a gift of $100,000. Some of the money I give to the team helps with facilities and to enable the golfers to improve their fundamentals, Smithburg said. It helps them out with golf and with their entire life. The DePaul golf program has come a long way from our modest beginning, and the primary credit goes to Blue Demon coach Betty Kaufmann. She has turned the program into a really successful, competitive golf team that travels around the country playing in major tournaments. Smithburgs passion for the game came from his father, Pearl Smithburg. My dad didnt take up golf until he was 40 years old, but he absolutely loved the game, Smithburg said. He was a vice-president of Burlington Railroad and entertained clients on the golf course. He always invited his kid along to golf outings and told people how good I was going to be. Id come home after a meet and he would ask how I did. My dad and I had some wonderful times on the golf course. Now, I have a 16-year-old grandson (Keaton Sullivan) who can outdrive me. I still play tennis, golf and ski at the age of 74. Ive been blessed with good health. I train every week and do Pilates. Next month, my sons (both named Tom Smithburg), grandson and I are going helicopter skiing. A helicopter will take us to untracked back country in British Columbia. I really enjoy skiing. Remember the time Michael Jordan retired from basketball and played base-ball for two seasons? Little do people know that he also tried to take up skiing. Imagine Michael sitting in a chair lift going slowly up a bunny hill. To read the entire article, visit

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