It was early on February 26, 2001 that the Longhorn football family suffered the tragic loss of the junior defensive end Cole Pittman when his car careened off the side of U.S. Route 79 near Easterly, Texas on his way back to Austin from his home in Shreveport, Louisiana for the start of spring football.
On September 8 of that year, the Longhorns hosted the North Carolina Tar Heels and dedicated the game and the day to Pittman and his family. Ironically, the Longhorns scored 44 points (Pittman's number at Texas) in route to a 30-point victory over the Tar Heels.
Pittman's closest friends on the team Chance Mock, BJ Johnson, and Sloan Thomas, along with the Pittman family are proud to host the first annual "Tee It Up for Cole P" Golf Tournament. The proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Cole Pittman field house fund, which is being built at his high school in Shreveport.
"You talk about Longhorn family, I would not have made if it were not for those football players," said Marc Pittman. "Texas does not just raise great athletes. Texas has great people."
After not having a golf tournament last year, Pittman feared Cole's memory might begin to fade, until Chance Mock reached out to Pittman to say he wanted to have a new golf tournament to honor Cole's memory.
"It means so much for me to be able to hug their necks again. It means so much for those guys (Mock, Johnson, and Thomas) to step up eight years later and still be passionate about my son to make sure my son is not forgotten," Marc Pittman said.
Former Longhorn quarterback Chance Mock is also extremely excited about running the tournament to honor his best friend's memory.
"It's a great feeling to be running it and doing it for my best friend in the world, raise money for a good cause, and bring everyone together in celebration of Cole. It is a great honor," Chance Mock said.
"Tee It Up for Cole P" Golf Tournament
Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 1:30 PM
Falconhead Golf Club in Austin, Texas
Foursomes are $900 while singles can play for $300.
Each player will receive green fees, carts, use of practice facility including driving range and putting green, dinner, post round award ceremony and a great day hanging out on the course in remembrance of a close friend.
To sign up, go to this website or email TexasPremierCamp@gmail.com.
Marc Pittman, Cole's father, wrote the book, Raising Cole: Developing Life's Greatest Relationship, Embracing Life's Greatest Tragedy: A Father's Story and it can be purchased at Amazon here. Cole Pittman played defensive end in 23 games in two seasons at Texas before his tragic death.