Patrons, sponsors, and contributors united to make the 30th Annual St. Thomas Golf Tournament a roaring, revitalizing success at Wildcat Golf Club.

Cherished alumni, friends, and supporters totaled nearly 250 for the event’s largest participation in nearly a decade. High times, low scores, hot fairways, cold beverages were in the offering. Well, an occasional somewhat low score. Bogey, in fact, served as the day’s best friend before the 19th hole featured a feast from Ragin Cajun.

But the quality of ball striking in the cranked-up Houston heat was a mere afterthought. The Red & White returned to full force and the Monday in May proved a welcome relief from the rancor of the previous year when so many occasions for Basilian brotherhood were shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know how much our alumni look forward to celebrating with their classmates every year, and we shared in the disappointment when so many of our activities were affected by the concerns and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus,” Vice President for Advancement Mark deTranaltes ‘83 says. “We were blessed to preserve the spirit and fun of our golf gathering. The response was amazing and the passion should carry into the summer and or next academic year.”

Recounting the past and embracing the present is an unshakable St. Thomas sentimentality, no matter how long ago the graduation date and now matter the destination life has led. It’s a calling, perhaps. A calling to come back home.

And while 2020 was forever stamped by the most unexpectant, unruly, and unsettling of challenges, the enthusiasm and comradery that resurfaced at Wildcat signaled that hope is on the near horizon. Normalcy beckons with an invigorated St. Thomas soul.

An awesome day to be an Eagle!


Eagle Fight Never Dies!