More than 300 golfers wore their baddest pants, played their best golf and raised more than $440,000 for Texas Children’s Newborn Center at the Clubs of Kingwood on Oct. 2. The RBC Wealth Management Bad Pants Open, an annual golf tournament now in its 22nd year, has raised more than $7 million over the last two decades to support continued innovation and excellence in the research, treatment and care of critically-ill and premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital. Tournament proceeds fund nurse training and education and hands-on bereavement care programs and ensure that each family’s most urgent needs are met – from covering parking costs to providing meals, transportation, car seats and more.
Recently renamed to acknowledge RBC Wealth Management’s longtime financial and employee volunteer support, the RBC Wealth Management Bad Pants Open was chaired by Brian Brantley, senior vice president and general counsel of SeaOne Holdings, LLC.
RBC Wealth Management brought in Dan Boever for a long drive exhibition and golfers enjoyed lunch on the course provided by Beck’s Prime. Players were also treated to complimentary pre-golf stretching provided by Reach Stretch Studios and live on-site broadcasting by ESPN 97.5 Houston, the tournament’s media partner. Among the tournament’s major sponsors were RBC Wealth Management, Jacob White Construction, CenterPoint Energy and Pam and Gary Whitlock.
The event featured a post-play awards ceremony and dinner catered by A Fare Extraordinaire, where players were awarded plates painted by Texas Children’s patients for both the best golf scores and baddest pants. Kelly Jett, a NICU nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital, was presented with the NICU Nurse of the Year award, a special recognition awarded at each tournament. Pearland residents Eva and Philip Quartey, parents of Blessing Quartey, who was born at 24 weeks gestation weighing just over a pound and received care in the NICU at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, were honored at the event. Eva gave an emotional speech about the doctors, nurses and other support staff that helped her family through their 136-day long NICU journey.
More than 2,500 critically-ill and premature infants receive essential care in Texas Children’s NICU each year, many of whom are born at nearby Houston-area hospitals. Texas Children’s is the nation’s largest NICU and one of only two Level IV NICUs in the greater Houston area. More information, including next year’s tournament date, will be available at www.badpantsopen.com.
Photographer credit: CJ Martin
1243 – The RBC Wealth Management Bad Pants Open Committee: Mike Schiff, Les Fox, Adam Law, Moose Rosenfeld, tournament chairman Brian Brantley, Joe Henry, Bill Spillman, Rob Cooksey.
1371 and 1379 – Nikki Mitchell (Bad Apple), Matt Autenrieth (Sleepy), Lloyd Hajdik (Happy), Mike Kief (Sneezy), Allan Taylor (Prince Charming), Ryan Harry (Dopey), Cindy Taylor (Snow White), Chris Drakey (Grumpy), Joey Trahan (Mirror), Eddie Anderson (Bashful), David Osburn (Evil Queen), Chris Cragg (Doc)
1382 – Tal Centers, Steve Greenley, Brian Carroll, Trey Kuchar
1412 – Ben Carranza, Bob Frazier, Phil Creveling, Robert Martinez
1419 – Aaron Warren, Rich Plummer, Kevin Harkel
1431 – Ronnie Morgan, Peter Coulter, Cliff Kortman, Steve Malkey
1439 – James Jones, Rich Zapalac, Eric Zapalac, Chuck Engelken
1453 – Taylor Elliott, Dominique Boykins, Lauren Parker, Garrett Parker
1464 – Matt Rawlinson, Joe Henry, Michael Woodson, David Lucke
1467 & 1468 – Wayne McDonald, Ted Robertson, Ian Bryant, Steve Alexander
1482 – Rhett Lankford, Steve Bezencny, Drew Kemmeling, Ed Robb
1508 – Logan McFarland, Cole Tatsch, Gary Krone, Rick McFarland
1521 – Sung Khang, Jennifer Gonzales, Allie Jones, Stephen Schipper
1538 – Cindy Stevenson, Corinn Price, Cherish Isaac
1550 – Tyson Stargel, Tripp Kimball, Josh Jones, Chas Hollis
1571 – Rick Colgan, Annessa McKenzie, Brian Moddenlmog, Andrew Novoty
1589 – Rob Johnson, Brad Wright, tournament chairman Brian Brantley, Casey Loyd
1594 – Eric Allum, Mike Gorman, Trent Johnson, Randy Scott
1608 – Ken Beaver, Diane Beaver, Lisa Price, Traci Price
1614 – Bill Spillman, Justin Ashley, Mark Kollmorgen, Lauren Harstad
1633 – John Banks, Matt Hester, Matt Hill, Andrew Brown
1642 – Eva, Blessing, Philip and Agnes Quartey
1780 – Blessing Quartey, who was born prematurely and cared for in the NICU at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women was honored at the RBC Wealth Management Bad Pants Open
1923 – Les Fox of RBC Wealth Management with NICU Nurse of the Year award winner Kelly Jett
1999 – The Oil States team celebrates winning the “baddest pants” award- Nikki Mitchell (Bad Apple), Matt Autenrieth (Sleepy), Lloyd Hajdik (Happy), Mike Kief (Sneezy), Allan Taylor (Prince Charming), Ryan Harry (Dopey), Cindy Taylor (Snow White), Chris Drakey (Grumpy), Joey Trahan (Mirror), Eddie Anderson (Bashful), David Osburn (Evil Queen), Chris Cragg (Doc)
2033 – Gerald Thomas, Philip and Blessing Quartey, Kelly Jett, Eva Quartey and Heidi Thompson