Storm-delayed Shepherd’s Cup Golf Classic set for April 18

January 9, 2018

The 2018 Shepherd’s Cup Charity Golf Classic tournament is set for April 18 and will be held at Kingwood Country Club, located at 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail in Kingwood. File photo by James Ramos/Herald.

KINGWOOD — Among the multitude of rebuilding since Hurricane Harvey, Kingwood Country Club had to remodel its flooded clubhouse and delayed the Shepherd’s Cup, now rescheduled for Wednesday, April 18.

The charity tournament raises funds on behalf of Daniel Cardinal DiNardo for faith and clergy formation, Catholic education and St. Mary’s Seminary.

Don Shaheen, president of the Galveston-Houston Knights of Columbus Charities Inc. that helps coordinate the tournament, said he is concerned about the delay. Postponing the usual October play date to the upcoming springtime event may affect the usual number of players and corporations involved, he said.

“We have one of the larger charity golf tournaments with about 350 players. We’ve been talking with our KC groups and we also depend on our corporate sponsors. So we’re hoping the delay won’t decrease our numbers,” Shaheen said.
Cardinal DiNardo is optimistic that players and the community will rally to support the tournament.

“With all that our Galveston-Houston community has endured from the impact of the hurricane, I want to encourage participation in the Shepherd’s Cup, especially with teams registering and our generous sponsors,” he said. “The Archdiocesan needs are great in rebuilding and revitalizing not only our buildings, but in our outreach to help others. Participation in the tournament is one way — and an important way — to come together to address the many needs of our seminary, our parishes and our schools.

“My appreciation goes out to all those giving their best efforts,” Cardinal DiNardo said.

Pat Pollard, vice president of Tellepsen Builders, is a member of the event’s Underwriting Committee while Tellepsen is the signage sponsor along with Joslin Construction.

Pollard said, “Tellepsen is extremely excited that in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Shepherd’s Cup will continue strong.”

“The Tournament provides much needed financial assistance for our educational programs and our clergy and we are honored to continue our support of this great event. Our team will be working hard these next few months reaching out to our friends, construction partners and material suppliers asking for their support as April will be here before we know it. Great things will be accomplished working together,” he said.

The Shepherd’s Cup, now in its tenth year, began in 2008 when Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza’s annual tournament for St. Mary’s Seminary and then-Archbishop DiNardo’s tournament for Catholic education and faith formation were combined into one event. Presenting sponsors Kari and Sean Tracey also continue their work on the tournament and thank all those participating for their understanding and patience in securing the new date.

The tournament is scheduled for April 18, Wednesday, at Kingwood Country Club, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and tee time at 11 a.m. An awards dinner immediately follows the tournament. Prizes per course include first, second and third place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and door prizes. Registrations include individual golfers and foursomes.

For more information about the tournament, including registration or to volunteer, visit