Golfers wear ugly pants for a good cause in annual Bad Pants Open

It was a good day to wear some bad pants on Monday, as the South Bend Country Club hosted the fifth annual Bad Pants Open.

The key was to wear your ugliest pants. Cricket Butler won last year, and he was in the running again this year.

The money raised goes to the Diabetes Resource Center.

"It's a good foundation and my nephew and his fiancée are very involved in this and have participated in this for several years,” said Butler. “It's nice to have money go to a good cause and stay local."

Butler however couldn't come away with the win two years in a row. The Bad Pants King was Brian Henry. There was a tie on the women's side, however, as a fearsome foursome showed there is strength in numbers as they all wore matching yellow pants with golf balls on them.

The group included Mary Heck, Executive Director of United Health Services which oversees the Diabetes Resource Center, and its nurse Julie Englert. Because of their involvement with the organization, those two could not win---giving the title of Bad Pants Queens to their teammates Pat Gable and Billie Bankoff.

Organizers say numbers are up this year and they are expecting to raise around $50,000 to support those with diabetes. Last year, $45,000 was raised.

"It's a chance to help the Diabetes Foundation,” said Brad Williams, a golfer who claims his golf is worse than the pants he wore Monday. “It's beautiful out and nothing beats getting out of work to hit the ball around.”

To learn more about the event, click on the Big Red Bar.


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