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The Vidor Pirates Football Homecoming Game has become an annual event not to be missed. The stakes are even higher this year as country music sensation Clay Walker will be the Grand Marshal of the parade down Main Street, which begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 21.
As if that wasn’t enough, later in the evening Walker will also sing the national anthem before the Pirates play the Livingston Lions at 7:30pm
“Clay and I developed a good friendship about 10 months ago,” said Robbie Hood, Vidor City manager. “We’ve talked a lot about hometowns, soccer games, and next thing you know, Clay wanted to return home and be a part of this year’s celebrations.”
A 1986 graduate of Vidor High School, Walker went on to become one of country music’s top stars while recording more than a dozen albums, including several #1 songs such as “What’s It to You,” “Live Until I Die,” “Dream With Open Eyes”, “If I Could Make a Living”, “This Woman and This Man”, “Rumors Have It”, “What Then”, “Mesmerize the Moon”, “Live Laugh Love” and “ She won’t be lonely for long.”
Hood said everyone in Southeast Texas is invited to come out.
“Clay is honored to come back,” Hood said. “He wants his kids to experience what he was able to do growing up here.”
It was professional golfer Sam Snead who once said, “Forget your opponents and always play on par.” October 23 at the Henry Homberg Golf Course.
“We chose mid-October because we usually have good weather and the risk of storms is over,” said Homberg Golf Director Andy Hebert. “We already have a lot of interest in this year’s event and golfers are registering.”
Paul Borque, Homberg’s superintendent, has the course in excellent condition and it will be ready for league games.
Admission is $60 for 36 hole medal game flown by handicap. Players must have an established handicap for flighting purposes. Carts are also available for $10.
The town champion must be a permanent resident of Beaumont, but anyone can enter the competition.
Austin Williams was last year’s winner and is expected to defend his championship. Williams is the most prolific and creative of past City Champions having won the trophy 10 times.
One must also never forget the area’s most famous and notable golfer, who won the tournament three consecutive years from 1971-1973. It was Bruce Lietzke who passed away in 2017. Lietzke was a 13-time PGA champion and seven-time Champions Tour winner.
Henry Homberg Golf Course is located at 5940 Babe Zaharias Drive. Interested attendees can call Andy Hebert or Gregory Brown at (409) 842-3220 for more information.
The LU football team has made it a habit to be honored by the Southland Conference as Player of the Week and last week was no exception. Despite playing just one game last weekend, the Cardinals added another honor when Cariel Ellis received her second offensive player of the week.
With the Cardinals 1-0 behind Texas A&M-Commerce in the 20th minute, Ellis leveled the game after a long pass from Christine Kitaru and she scored in the box. Five minutes later, she scored with another Kitaru assist with the left goal. Those two goals were enough to give LU a 2-1 win. Ellis’ two goals was a season high and she currently has eight goals this year.
The cards (10-1-2, 7-1-1) will be played at the Houston Christian on Friday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. and then against Texas on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m A&M Corpus Christi played south
After a bye week, the LU soccer team will look to their first win of the season on Saturday 22 October at 16:00 at hosts Prairie View A&M
Before the game, LU introduces Bruce Aven (baseball, 1991-94), Reggie Begelton (football, 2012-15), Donald Davis (football, 1973-76 and track and field, 1974-77), Herbert Harris (football, 1980-82) and Jennifer Heisler (Volleyball and Athletics, 1988-91) into the Cardinal Hall of Honor at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the Setzer Center Ballroom.