OU Men's Golf Establishes Dick Askew Legacy Fund
NORMAN — The Oklahoma men’s golf program has established the Dick Askew Legacy Fund, head coach Ryan Hybl announced on Monday.
The Dick Askew Legacy Fund will be used to fund the program’s high priority capital projects at any given time, which includes facility enhancements at Charlie Coe Center, Ransom Short Course and the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
The fund is designed to honor long-time program supporter Dick Askew, who passed away in 2014. Askew traveled extensively to collegiate tournaments and PGA Tournaments to actively support present and past OU golfers. He was always a noticeable figure as he traveled around the golf courses aboard his Sooner Scooter.
Through his passionate support, Askew established meaningful relationships with a majority of the OU Golf community. The OU Athletics Department wishes to establish a fund to accept contributions from donors in honor and memory of Askew.
"Dick Askew will go down as one of the most recognizable college golf fans in our game’s history,” Hybl said. “He was a great Sooner and so many of our players were impacted by his love for this University and for our golf program. I am so proud and excited that Abe is partnering up with us to get this effort underway in order to honor Dick Askew and his legacy.”
Askew played a pivotal role in the start of former Sooner Abraham Ancer’s career, traveling to many of his professional tournaments. Ancer along with several other former OU players have committed to making a financial donation to kick off the Dick Askew Legacy Fund.
“I learned the real meaning of support and passion from Dick Askew,” Ancer stated. “The way he followed our program around at every tournament, driving around the country to watch us play each week was incredible. The effort he put in to support us was incredible. He was at every single moment of my college career and I’m glad we will be able to honor him in this way.”
Askew served as a president of the Chip-In Club, the golf program’s donor organization. After retirement in 1985, he participated regularly in amateur golf tournaments organized by the Senior Golfers Association of America, winning low-gross or low-net trophies 11 times in his age group. In February 2004, he was inducted into the SGA’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his active participation, successful tournament play and support of SGA’s membership activities.
Askew was a native Oklahoman, born in Enid and raised in Oklahoma City, graduating from Classen High School in 1943. He attended OU, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering in 1947 and 1948, respectively.
He received the OU Board of Regents’ Alumni Award in 1990, was named to the OU College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society in 1991, received the OU Athletics Council Merit Award in 1994 and was awarded an Associate Membership in the “O” Club in 1997. In 2009, he was inducted into the Seed Sower Society of OU. Eighteen scholarships in the Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Department and the College of Engineering carry his name and are annually awarded to deserving students.