CHCI 2011 Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge - Special Guests
With Chi Chi Rodriguez
Presented by TOYOTA
Chi Chi, who is originally from Puerto Rico, is one of the most popular and recognizable figures in sports. He has been a member of the PGA Tour for more than 50 years; he has been a member of the Champions Tour for 24 years. His successful career in professional golf began when he won his first professional event in the 1963 Denver Open and spans nearly a half century. During his long career, he won eight PGA and 22 Senior Tournaments.
He is best known for his signature “Toreader Dancer”, an act he developed in which he would make-believe that an achieved birdie was “bull” and his putter was a “sword”. He then would use his putter to terminate the “bull”.
In his role as a humanitarian, Chi Chi has raised more than $5 million for the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation through his “Chi Chi Bear” and Chi Chi and Zinger” annual golf outings. In 1986, he was honored to receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. Founded in 1979, the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation serves at-risk, inner-city youth by assisting them to improve their self esteem, character, work-ethic, social adjustment, and performance.
Mike "Radar" Reid, Senior PGA Champion
Professional golfer Mike Reid is nicknamed "Radar" for his outstanding driving accuracy. Born in Bainbridge, Maryland, Mike began golfing after his father introduced him to the game at age five. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976, the same year he turned professional. Mike won his first PGA Tour title at the 1987 Seiko Tucson Open. The following year, he won the prestigious NEC World Series of Golf. He became eligible to play the Champions Tour in 2004, and in 2005, he claimed his first senior title at the Senior PGA Championship. He won on the Champions Tour again in 2009, joining a distinguished list of players whose first two wins on the Champions Tour were in major championships.
Professional golfer Steve Haskins has been golfing since he was 10 years old. He was active in several sports as a child, but began focusing on golf during high school. While in college at New Mexico State University, Steve was named to the All-American golf team. After turning professional, Steve competed successfully in Asia. In the mid-1980s, he returned to the United States and quickly established himself as one of the top mini-tour players in the country. He is a two-time winner of the Nationwide PGA Tour. In 2009, Steve challenged himself to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open—competing against 45 players for only one spot. He shot 64 to secure his place and went on to finish 22nd in the tournament.
Bernie Olivas, Executive Director, Sun Bowl Association
Bernie Olivas is currently the executive director of the Sun Bowl Association, a position he's held since 2001. A nominee for the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame, Bernie has been passionate about and active in sports his entire life. He earned 11 varsity letters in high school and was the 1971 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As an adult, he has coached football, baseball, and basketball, and has been the official scorekeeper for the El Paso Diablos for 30 years. Under his direction, the Sun Bowl has grown to 25 annual events, expanded its roster of distinguished sponsors, significantly increased team payments from $1 million to $2 million, and remained a nationally-televised event among prime, post-season bowl games.