Kansas Women's Golf Welcome Special Guests to Halloween Celebration
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Rainy weather on Friday kept the Kansas women’s golf team from its annual Halloween putting contest, but the team still managed to find fun. The annual celebration to mark the end of the fall season was instead held inside, where the Jayhawks and their guests, Colleen and Everett Katzenberger, decorated pumpkins.
The Jayhawks this season have been honoring the memory of Staff Sargent Jeremy Katzenberger, who died serving his country in 2011, through the Folds of Honor organization. A different Jayhawk at every tournament has carried a special Folds of Honor golf bag embroidered with Staff Sargent Katzenberger’s name. The bag will be auctioned off at the end of the season, with proceeds supporting Colleen and Everett Katzenberger.
“I think it’s amazing to have Colleen and Everett here,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil, dressed as Nemo, said. “It’s great for the girls to get to know who we’re honoring.”
Five-year old Everett, dressed as Captain America, had a chance to meet the Jayhawks and decorate his own pumpkin.
“Everett is having a blast,” Colleen Katzenberger said. “He always loves to come to any function where Folds of Honor is being recognized and his dad is being remembered.”
Senior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, dressed as Red Reddington of The Black List, articulated why it was so important for the team to participate in the Folds of Honor program and to support the Katzenbergers.
“I feel really honored to get involved with the Folds of Honor,” she said. “It is very profound for them to know we support them and for them to support us as well.”
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