There will be plenty of savory food, autographed memorabilia and a heap of former Georgia Bulldog football players on hand at the second annual J.T. Wall Trojan Football Golf Tournament being held July 12. The event will again take place at The Milledgeville Country Club with lunch beginning at noon. There will also be a dinner after the tournament.
The event will feature a three-man scramble format with a 36 team limit, with shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Former Georgia Bulldog greats David Greene, Matt Stinchcomb and Jon Stinchcomb, fresh off a Super Bowl victory and a Pro-Bowl birth are already penciled in to join the fun and festivities.
“There will also be some 1970s guys like Robert Honeycutt [fullback and 1972 team captain], Dick Conn, who won a Super Bowl with the Steelers, and Andy Johnson and Mike Cavan in attendance,” said Wall. “I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple of guys. There are still five or six that may or may not come.”
Wall remarked that it’s fun to be around the older Bulldogs because they always have special stories to tell about their colorful times between the hedges.
“I met up with Robert Honeycut at the Alumni Tournament, and I could sit there and listen to his stories all day. You could sit there and talk for them for days about this stuff.”
Last year the tournament featured former UGA greats Scott Woerner and Rex Robinson — and there’s a strong possibility they’ll be returning this year as well.
“I’ve talked with them, but I’ve just got to touch base with them again. More than likely they will be there again as well,” said Wall.
The J.T. Wall Football Golf Tournament was a tremendous success in 2009 as the school pulled in $15,000 for the football program. The team will be using the money for a variety of upgrades, according to Wall, and want to continue with their goal of building another champion.
“We are getting new uniforms and are upgrading the weight room some more. That’s something we can do every year,” said Wall. “We hope to update some video equipment and get some good editing software. We use big projectors and stuff, and we are looking to upgrade in that area.”
Although the school raised $15,000 last year, they hope to at least match the total this year. Also, team spots are dwindling down for the popular tournament.
“We are looking at that as our goal, to try to get over that. We are going to take the first 36 teams that have signed up. We’ve already had 26 to sign up.”
The upcoming tournament will feature lots of food, hospitality, door prizes and other surprises.
“We’ll have some golf trips available also, as well as other door prizes. There will be a signed ball by [former UGA and Pittsburgh Steeler great] Hines Ward and stuff like that. Some Georgia guys are sending in some stuff; autographed balls, pictures and prints and things like that,” said Wall.
JMA’s young coach also pointed out that the school needs more whole sponsors and silent auction items. For more information on obtaining whole sponsorships or participating in the tournament, e-mail J.T. Wall at email@example.com or call (478) 452-5570, Ext. 213.
The Trojans will be also be getting new uniforms this year, and will be going back to their classic blue helmets.
The team itself, under the leadership of head coach Don Marchman and Wall, have been developing a new team spirit and are determined to make the next 10 years their own.
“Trojan Football 2010: A new decade is our new slogan. We are currently in our second week of summer workouts and I couldn’t ask for more from the guys,” said Wall. “We had a good turnout and kids really worked hard. The future is now and it’s promising.”
Wall was also excited by what he saw in John Milledge’s annual Spring Game held a few weeks ago versus Nathanael Greene.
“We were better in the Spring Game than we were last year. Some of the younger guys playing early really played in our hand, with all their game experience — and being in our second year in a system has given the guys a better grasp of what the coaches want and what it takes to win,” he said.
The Trojans are currently working out Monday through Thursday for about two hours, doing weights, agilities, speed work, core work, 7 on 7 drills and a lineman challenge.
“It’s pretty hard and it’s a pretty intense workout,” said Wall.
Wall ended his interview by thanking all the support from last year and all the excitement it generated.
“We are just hoping the second year is even better. With the golf tournament rolling around and camp just starting — it’s starting to get fun.”