UHV Golf Gets Well-Known Guest Speaker

A well-known sports name will speak at UHV golf’s special banquet Saturday nignt. Hall of Famer and longtime Jackson State University golf coach Eddie Payton will be the featured speaker for this year’s fifth annual Claud Jacobs Collegiate Invitational set for Saturday at the University of Houston-Victoria North Building multi-purpose building.

The banquet is part of the UHV golf tournament named after longtime Jaguars supporter Claud Jacobs. The banquet gets under way at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday following the pre-tournament College-am.

The older brother of NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, he is a 1973 graduate of Jackson State University and recently retired after a 30-year career as head golf coach for his alma mater.

During his tenure at JSU, the men’s golf team won 25 conference championships and eight PGA National Minority titles. In 1995, the Tigers made history by becoming the first HBCU to compete in the NCAA Men’s National Golf Championships.

Payton helped start the women’s golf program at JSU in 1994 and the Lady Tigers went on to win 16 SWAC titles. The Lady Tigers’ program also became the first women’s team from a HBCU to compete in the NCAA National golf championships in 1999.

His JSU program received the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award three times and 90 percent of his golfers graduated.

A running back at JSU, he was signed undrafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1977. He also played for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings during his career that span from 1977-1982. He also played in the Canadian Football League.

He has been inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame, the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, the Marion County Sports Hall of Fame and the SWAC Hall of Fame.

The Claud Jacobs Collegiate Invitational tees of Sunday with the men playing 26 holes at Victoria Country Club and the women 18 holes at The Club at Colony creek. The tournament wraps up with the final round on Monday.

Along with UHV in this year’s field will be defending NAIA national champion and top-ranked Oklahoma City, along with No. 11 Texas Wesleyan, Louisiana College, Schreiner University, Houston St. Thomas, Loyola-New Orleans, Tyler Junior College and Wayland Baptist.

Participants in the men’s division include Our Lady of the Lake, Louisiana College, Houston St. Thomas, Loyola-New Orleans, and Tyler Junior College, along with UHV.