The Rudy's I-35 Cup features a Ryder Cup Match beween Austin and San Antonio and a fund raising effort for the Habitat for Humanity and the First Tee of San Antonio. This will be the fourth year of the matches and San Antonio has won the first three.
This year, the season long points race for spots on the Austin team concluded with the Bluebonnet Cup. The points list was finalized after that event and Austin Captain Dean Lundquist has named his captains picks. Nine players qualified as mid-amateurs and two as seniors. Lundquist will be a playing captain and has named his Grady Bruce as his mid-am captain's pick and Wayne Smith as his senior captain's pick. Both are former club champions of Cimarron Golf Club where the Rudy's I-35 Cup will be contested on November 3-4.
The mid amateurs that qualified are on a points basis are:
- Kody King
- Chris Hartenstein
- Steve Paterson
- Peter McGibney
- Drew Bell
- Robert Evans
- Brian Noonan
- Manny Bhakta
- Mark Baldree
The two seniors that qualified on a points basis are:
- Peach Reynolds
- Mike Allen
Captain Dean Lundquist has named Wes Skaggs, head professional at Crystal Falls Golf Course and Lonny Alexander of Onion Creek Country Club as his assistant captains.
The Rudy's Cup has raised $162,000 in charitable funds during it's three year history. The bulk of funds are being raising by the San Antonio business community associated with the Valero Texas Open and the network of businesses that support that event. However, Austin is making a significant contribution and every year the percentage of funds raised from Austin grows as a percentage of the total. The growing participation is due to the tireless efforts of Randy Reynolds and the folks who run the 501 c 3 Austin Amateur Golf along with the golfing community of Austin, who participate in the pre tournament fund raising golf events. We urge you to participate if you can.
Information about how to get involved is available on the Austin Amateur Golf website and it includes playing in a golf event or becoming a sponsor for a team. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County and the First Tee of San Antonio. Check it out at this link.