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The Worst Dressed Golfers of the Year?

Houston’s Bad Pants Open Once Again Tests the Limits, While Defying All Fashion Rules

BY // 10.17.18
photography Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children's Hospital

Typically, we leave golf tournament coverage to the sports department. But once a year, we bend the rules because there is one fall golf tournament that has us laughing harder than Saturday Night Live. That would be Texas Children’s Hospital “Bad Pants Open.”

The players take this bad pants theme very seriously and show up in outfits so outrageous that they would embarrass the most diligent badass dresser in Montrose. Consider pizza printed shorts, pink flamingo shorts and golf slacks in riotously colored paisley. Succinctly, it is a cornucopia of the best of the worst in golfing attire.

In the most recent of the faux fashion competitions, held at the Clubs of Kingwood, the teams raised more than $500,000 for Texas Children’s Newborn Center. In all, the two decades of gauche golf attire have raised more than $6.5 million for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Even at this 21st edition of the fundraiser, enthusiasm ran high and well it should have. The day began with a Chick-Fil-A breakfast, a long-drive exhibition by celebrity golf entertainer Dan Boever, and pre-golf stretching provided by Reach Stretch Studios. While on the course, golfers were fed lunch by Beck’s Prime. And if that wasn’t enough fuel for a few killer drives and holes in one, the awards ceremony included a dinner by Swift + Company. Winning players received plates hand-painted by TCH patients.

Annually, the event announces the NICU Nurse of the Year. Receiving honors was Monique Landor, BSN, RNC, IBCLC. RBC Wealth Management/Capital Markets presented the tournament that was chaired by Texas Aromatics vice president Rob Cooksey. Heading the program was local ESPN radio host Charlie Pallilo.

Special guests were twins Eva and Layla Suddeth, who were born prematurely at just under 24 weeks gestation and spent four months in the NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. They were joined by their parents Rosimar and Tommy Suddeth.

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