Gus Malzahn headlines 14th annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame) - The 14th annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 30, at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock.

This year's celebrity event will be hosted by new Arkansas State University head football coach Gus Malzahn and members of his coaching staff. Lunch will be served at noon, tee time will be 1 p.m., awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. and a reception and dinner will conclude the day's activities at 6 p.m.

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic long has been one of the premier golf events in the state, featuring past inductees into the Hall of Fame and other sports celebrities.

Former KATV-TV, Channel 7, general manager Dale Nicholson is serving as the honorary chairman for the event.

That evening's dinner is being billed as "Talking Football with Gus Malzahn." The cost for an afternoon of golf for four players and a dinner table of 10 is $2,500. The fee for just a golf team of four is $2,000.

Individual dinner tickets for "Talking Football with Gus Malzahn" are $150, and tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,500 each.

Those desiring more information should call Jennifer Smith at (501) 663-4328 or Catherine Johnson at (501) 821-1021.

Malzahn was introduced as ASU's new head football coach on Dec. 14. At the time, he was considered by many to be the top assistant coach in the country. He served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn University for the past three seasons.

Malzahn, a Fort Smith native, was the 2010 winner of the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top collegiate assistant coach each year.

ASU athletic director Dean Lee said: "We want to hire a man of character, a man of integrity and a man of honor. Coach Malzahn has all of those qualities and many more. He is going to do so many things outside of football for our student-athletes."

"This is a program on the rise," Malzahn said of Arkansas State. "When I initially talked with Dr. Lee, discussing his vision of where this program is heading, that is when I knew that this was the place for me. I told the team to buckle up because we are about to take this thing to the next level."

All proceeds from the July 30 event will benefit the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1959. The Class of 2012 was inducted in February at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock with more than 1,400 people in attendance at the induction banquet.

Ray Tucker is the executive director of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, and Little Rock businessman Andrew Meadors is the organization's president.

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum on the west side of Verizon Arena is open each Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It includes an 88-seat theater with a video highlighting the careers of Arkansas sports greats along with a touch-screen kiosk with a database of all Hall of Fame inductees.

Members of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame vote each year on inductees. Membership dues are $50 annually. Membership forms can be obtained by going to the organization's website at