Olympian/Paralympian Celebrity Golf tournament

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, October 7th, 2017

olympicTOM WARD
TOMPWARD@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Good news… there is still some space available for a terrific
golf tournament featuring numerous north Texas Olympians. The 2017
Olympian/Paralympian Celebrity Golf Tournament is 0ctober 18th at
Woodbridge Golf Club in Wylie. The tournament is hosted by the DFW
Chapter of the US Olympians & Paralympians Association to support
athletes and fitness programs in the area. The Olympian / Paralympian
Celebrity Golf tournament helps to benefit Paralympic athletes and the
USOPA DFW chapter. I can tell you from my own personal experience it’s
a great event. Last year I had the pleasure of putting on a couple of
different gold and silver medals from some of the Olympians in
attendance who were kind enough to bring their impressive hardware to
the event.
The tournament was originally named in honor of Dorothy Franey
Langkop, a pioneer in women’s sports who embodied the Olympic spirit.
In 1932, she helped introduce women’s speed skating as a demonstration
sport at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. She later switched
to figure skating and formed a Broadway ice review that she brought to
Dallas for a six-week engagement. Instead, the show ran for 14 years
in the Century Room at the Adolphus Hotel.
Mrs. Langkop was born in St. Paul, Minnesota where she won state
junior titles in tennis and diving. In high school, she was the
leading scorer on the city championship basketball team and the top
hitter on the softball team. Mrs. Langkop set her first two world
speed-skating records as a high school senior — for 100 yards and 500
meters. At the 1932 Winter Olympics, Mrs. Langkop won a bronze medal
in the 1,000-meter competition and was fifth in the 1,500-meter event.
She was set to compete in the 1936 Winter Games, but U.S. organizers
cut funding and decided not to send the women’s team. With her future
Olympic dreams dashed, Mrs. Langkop switched to figure skating,
becoming a featured performer and producer of ice shows.
Mrs. Langkop’s Olympic experience always remained special. She
was a founder and longtime leader of U.S. Olympians, the alumni
association. It is now the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians
Association. She fought for it for years. She was the first woman
director of the Olympians. She championed the concept that once you’re
an Olympian, you’re always an Olympian.
Dorothy was extremely active in promoting and participating in
local Dallas organizations and charities. She was so proud to call
Dallas her home and Texas her state.
Dorothy first won the Minnesota Junior State Championship in the
1930’s. She was University of Minnesota Golf Champion, even winning
tournaments over the legendary Patty Berg, a long time friend of the
Langkop family. Won several Dallas City Championships in golf and was
Lakewood Country Club Champion many times. She teamed up with the
great Mickey Mantle to win the Dallas Mixed Foursome Championship.
Dorothy founded the Texas Girls Junior Golf Championship in 1963.
Renown actor Burton “Bubba” Gilliam will play and act as MC for
the awards ceremony. Also, Jeff “The Critter” Crittenden will be
stationed on a hole hitting his mammoth drives for every group. Jeff
recently won the Senior Division of the Long Drivers Championship in
Oklahoma last month.
Woodbridge is a really good golf course and has been rated four
stars by Golf Digest. Go to www.usopadfwgolf.com to register to play
or donate money to a truly worthwhile cause.
Tom can be reached at www.teetimewithtom.com

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