2nd annual Rick Vassella Memorial Golf Tournament set

Rick and Michael Vassella.

Golfers will tee off for the 2nd Annual Rick Vassella Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 18, at the Altus AFB Windy Trails Golf Course. All proceeds will go to the Western Oklahoma State College Foundation.

Rick was an avid golfer who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June 2012. The subsequent surgery affected his left leg and arm rendering him unable to play the game he dearly loved. Rick inherited his love for the game from his Dad, Dominic Vassella, and the legacy continued with his son, Michael, who received a scholarship to play collegiate golf at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Prior to his illness, Rick spent his free time golfing, restoring classic muscle cars and motorcycle riding. Rick fought hard, but sadly, he lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Jan. 9, 2014.

Rick graduated from Altus High School in 1977, and attended Western Oklahoma State College. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters Degree from Webster University. In 1988, Rick began a Civil Service career at Altus AFB and was the Chief of Wing Operations Plans when his illness resulted in his medical retirement.

In addition to his career with the Air Force, he was also an Adjunct Professor at the Altus AFB campuses of Southern Colorado and Wayland Baptist Universities.

The two-person team scramble will start Saturday morning, July 18, at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided and prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams. For more information and to register your team, call the Windy Trails Golf Course at (580) 481-7207.

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