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Monday
Dec042017

"Ben Crenshaw and Luke Wilson form a Pro-Am team to protect an Austin treasure and Civil Rights landmark"

Garden and Gun's Tom Cooper--because who doesn't garden and shoot things--looks at the Save Muny fight through the eyes of its most famous supporters,

Cooper on actor Luke Wilson's involvement:

Ever since that decision, Muny has become a cause célèbre in Austin, and a nonprofit organization named Save Muny has become the organizing force, recruiting local notables such as Willie Nelson and his son Lukas to help with the efforts. Which brings us back to Luke Wilson. The forty-six-year-old grew up in Dallas, and his two brothers, Owen and Andrew, both attended UT–Austin. A competent golfer himself, he’s played Muny many times and last year invested in an Austin company, Criquet, that makes retro-looking golf shirts. Criquet adopted Save Muny as its signature cause and enlisted Wilson to lend his star power. Last April, at Criquet’s annual 19th Hole party, a rollicking fund-raiser for Save Muny, a round of golf with Wilson and Crenshaw went for $25,000 at auction, raising enough to cover the nonprofit’s annual operating costs.

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Just doin’ their part to keep Austin weird.....
12.4.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBruce Evans
@ Bruce +1 Weird, indeed! The article does give a nice summary of the money involved, timeline for saving the course, and possible solutions.

From the article: " . . . the course was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. That was a big win, but largely a symbolic one, because even that designation can’t prevent the course from being bulldozed."
It sounds like being added to the National Register is pretty hollow if cannot be preserved in the manner that made it historic.

Later: "Wilson offers his own parting perspective. “It’s just weird that the future of this place would ride on how much money it’s worth,” he says. “What about all the other kinds of value?” "
Obviously, money is not one of Luke's significant concerns.
+2 for Criquet's efforts
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPlay It Forward
Lions is a fabulous Municipal Golf Course chock full of important golf history. I have had the good fortune to play the course on two occasions. It is a wonderful layout, a great walking course, a ton of fun to play, and a great resource for working class golfers in the Austin area. Kudos to Ben Crenshaw and Luke Wilson for their love of the game and this special course. SAVE MUNY!!!
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCob Carlson
Played there twice in July. Got a great deal because of the heat, but it really didn't feel much different from my usual, except for the blessedly lower humidity. Fun course, historical, walkable with a colleague from Cape Town who said she had never played golf in such heat. But she had a great time, too. This is a chance for the Game of Golf to triumph over money UT doesn't really need. I'm betting on UT, though. Austin is weirder than the bats that fly out of the Congress Avenue bridge every day at dusk...
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Why do these save the course things always end up being advertising for clothing companies.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon

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