April 27, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The first Austin Carr Charity Golf Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at the new Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame.
The event is sponsored by the Austin Carr Foundation, with proceeds to benefit a University of Notre Dame minority scholarship fund in Carr's name, the March of Dimes and the Center for the Homeless.
The weekend begins with a celebrity reception at 7:00 p.m. EST, on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Warren Golf Course clubhouse. Following the Notre Dame-Purdue football game at Notre Dame Stadium the following day, a charity dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. EST Saturday, also at the Warren Golf Course clubhouse. Then, on Sunday, golf begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. EST.
Celebrities already committed to participating in the event include former Notre Dame basketball standouts Bruce Flowers, Bob Arnzen, Bill Hanzlik and Gary Brokaw, former Irish football stars Nick Eddy, Ross Browner, Creighton Miller, Tony Rice, Jim Seymour and Willie Townsend, Notre Dame executive vice president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., former Irish football offensive coordinator and Westwood One color commentator Tom Pagna and former St. Louis Cardinal quarterback Jim Hart.
Corporate foursomes are available for $2,000 each. Anyone interested in playing or in corporate sponsorships can contact Joel Piekarski, Advantage Golf, 1606 East Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, OH 44312, or call 330-899-9319.
Carr, currently the director of business and community development for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association, remains the all-time leading career scorer in Notre Dame basketball history. He finished with 2,560 points between 1968-71 -- helping him earn national player of the year honors as a senior in 1970-71 from the Associated Press and United Press International.
He still ranks as the most prolific scorer in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament, thanks to his 41.3-point average in seven NCAA games. He holds the NCAA tournament single-game record with 61 points vs. Ohio University in '70, posted three of the top five scoring performances in tournament history and still holds six NCAA tournament records.
A three-year starter at guard for the Irish, the 6-3 Washington, D.C., product (Mackin High School) averaged 22.0 points for the Irish as a sophomore, 38.1 as a junior and 37.9 as a senior, helping the Irish to NCAA appearances each of those seasons to go with records of 20-7, 21-8 and 20-9. He finished second nationally in scoring as both a junior and senior and his career 34.6 scoring mark ranks second all-time.
The first player chosen by the Cavaliers in the 1971 NBA draft, Carr made the NBA all-rookie team in '72 after averaging 21.2 points his first season. He finished with 10,473 career points, playing nine seasons in Cleveland, then one with Washington and Dallas in 1980-81. He received the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1980 from the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America for superior accomplishments in community affairs.
Active with the community's literacy program as a spokesman for "Stay-in-School," Carr also hosts the pre-game show on the Cavs' radio broadcasts and participates with the Cavs' Legends Team.
A '71 Notre Dame graduate in economics, Carr, his wife Sharon and children Jason and Ashley reside in suburban Cleveland.