The Fellowship of Christian Athletes kicked off its 20th anniversary golf event with a spectacular banquet in Hot Springs, and celebrated the Cliff Harris Classic golf tournament at the Hot Springs Village Magellan Golf Course.
The tournament was named after Cliff Harris, longtime FCA supporter. Harris graduated from Hot Springs High School and Ouachita Baptist University. Recruited by Tom Landry to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Harris earned All-Pro honors six times during his 10-years NFL career. He played a record five Super Bowls and was named a member of the Cowboy’s Ring of Honor.
Ouachita Baptist recently named its new football facility the Cliff Harris Stadium.
“Twenty years ago, Tom Landry and I came to play in this tournament, and 20 years before it, I was playing in a Super Bowl. I am pleased to carry on Coach Landry’s legacy raising funds reaching out to athletic students for Christ,” he said.
The pre-tournament banquet was held at Hot Springs Convention Center as nearly 600 enjoyed Turf Catering dining. Students from Fountain Lake, Hot Springs, Lakeside and Lake Hamilton volunteered to usher diners to their tables.
More than 150 silent auction items were offered for bidding including assorted gift cards, vacations, entertainment, art, sports collectables, antiques and jewelry.
Live auction began with a Houston Astros 2017 World Series plaque with autographed baseballs. A Breckenridge, Colorado, and Family Farm  vacations were also up for live bids.
The evening’s program included testimonials from local student athletes, a welcome message from Harris and keynote speaker, Wade Hopkins.
Hopkins is vice president of field ministry for the FCA. He was a two-time All-American wide receiver and his football dream took him from the Houston Oilers to the New England Patriots.
In 1996, he joined the FCA staff in Houston and he’s spent the last 20 years in this ministry. Hopkins'  inspiring message emphasized FCA’s mission to engage, equip and empower students.
Magellan's shotgun start was cloud-covered, but temperatures were amenable. The course was filled with 28 teams totalling 112 players for a four-man scramble.
Among 23 sponsors this year were notable individuals from Hot Springs Village including platinum sponsors, Pete and Margaret Johnson. Other individuals included Paul and Sylvia Day, Glenn and Susan McCaleb JoNancy Sundberg, Don Wallace and Bob and Mary Reid Warner.
FCA area director Micah May expressed gratitude for sponsorship of The Irwin Agency, Allen Tillery, Body Works, Sonic, Dudeck Law Firm, Everett Buick, First Security Bank, KiD.D.S. Dental, Locker Room Athletics, Magna IV Printing, Outdoor Cap, Wendy’s, All-American Classics, Smokin’ In Style, B&F Engineering, Cork and Bottle and Southern Bancorp.