Courtesy Sports Information
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Texas A&M-Kingsville will be holding its third annual On the Border Golf Tournament and Banquet on June 15-16, 2012. Former Javelina football and track star Robert Garza will be honored at the Friday night banquet for his Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor induction.
The banquet will be held at the Reese Hotel in Harlingen, TX in the Penthouse. The banquet starts at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. It is catered by Colletti’s Restaurant.
The golf tournament will take place at the Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club.
The annual golf tournament is a fundraiser for the Javelina Athletic Department and will take place on Saturday morning. The cost of the tournament is $100 per person with teams of four competing in a scramble format for prizes. The Friday night banquet is included in the cost of the golf or costs $25 per person otherwise. Garza will be available to sign autographs and there will be a silent auction at the banquet.
“The Hall of Honor is reserved for individuals who have brought pride and honor to the Conference, and certainly this year’s class embodies that,” said LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon. “Dwight White and Roberto Garza are key figures in the LSC’s tradition of football student-athletes who experience success in the Lone Star Conference before going on to become high-profile NFL players. Both men had the good fortune of playing in the Super Bowl. Jennifer Goble-Poyer will forever be one of the best athletes to compete in the LSC, having dominated on both the basketball and volleyball courts. Her efforts truly helped to increase the amount of attention and respect given to women’s sports by those in and around the league.”
Each of the inductees will receive the LSC’s signature Hall of Honor award, a 15-inch custom-sculpted eagle figurine mounted on a cherry wood base.
Garza was an outstanding athlete for the Javelinas and has played in the NFL for the past 10 years with the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears. Garza played football for four seasons and was a standout in track and field. On the gridiron, he was a two-time AP Little All-America and AFCA first-team All-America selection.
He won the NCAA Division II national title in the shot put in 2000 after a third-place finish in the 1999 meet. Garza won LSC titles in the discus in 1999 and the shot put in 2000 to earn most valuable men’s field performer honors.
He gained a starting role with the Falcons his rookie season and played for Atlanta from 2001-04. Garza was signed by the Bears in 2005 and has been a starter on the offensive line, including a Super Bowl appearance. Chicago won the NFC North Division last season before losing to eventual NFL champion Green Bay in the NFC title game.
Garza has done numerous community projects in the Atlanta and Chicago areas and his hometown of Rio Hondo, Texas, has a “Roberto Garza Day” each Dec. 2.
Garza is the 11th Javelina to be inducted into the LSC Hall of Honor joining Johnny Bailey (2000), Sid Blanks (2002), Karl Douglas (2009), Darrell Green (1998), Ron Harms (2003), Fred Nuesch (2005), John Randle (2008), Richard Ritchie (1999), Gil Steinke (1996) and Gene Upshaw (1997).