Newsome to chair first Bridge Builder Golf Classic

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2001

TUSCALOOSA – Former University of Alabama All-American and Cleveland Brown NFL Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome will return to Tuscaloosa as the honorary chair of the first Bridge Builder Celebrity Golf Classic, sponsored by Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Pre-tournament events are Friday, June 22, and the tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at Ol’ Colony Golf Course in Tuscaloosa. Tickets to the weekend of events are on sale and include a barbecue with Newsome and friends on Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the President’s Pavilion on the UA campus. Individual barbecue tickets are $15.

UA President Andrew Sorenson will be participating in the tournament.

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"The University of Alabama is proud of the accomplishments of Ozzie Newsome and will always consider him a favorite son."

Other participating celebrities include Tony Nathan, Johnny Davis, George Pugh, UA Athletics Director Mal Moore, Fox 6 Anchor Art Franklin, NBC-13 Anchor Mike Moore, Bob Baumhower, Hugh "Deacon" Jones, Harvey Glance, and Jerry Pate, among others.

Newsome, who received the Paul Bryant Award in 1996, is currently the vice president for player personnel with the Baltimore Ravens. He is credited with putting together the Baltimore Ravens team that dominated Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants.

"The University of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa community, and the fraternity have played a major role in my success," Newsome said. "I’m very fortunate that God keeps providing me with opportunities to help others."