Finally the deep funk of depression over losing the World Series has lifted after spending Monday morning with some of the Astros at Memorial Park. 

We were all on hand to cut the ribbon at the Memorial Park Houston Open site. 

Jim Crane, owner of the Astros, stepped up to the plate with a generous offer to help refurbish Memorial Park so the Houston Open could stay here in Houston.  

Professionals have designed a world class, PGA approved, course set to rival other courses around the world. The Houston Open is set for later next spring, and everything should be looking spiffy. The public can start playing the course now. 

On hand from the Astros were owner Jim Crane, A.J. Hinch, A.T.&T sportscasters Todd Alex, Geoff Blum, and the sparkling Julia Morales who served as emcee. In the crowd was former Oiler quarterback, Dan Pastorini along with Ray Childress.  

It was a great way to start a Monday for me being with some of my sports heroes. 

On top of everything else, the Astros included a double tier driving range that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. 

The big take away from this is there are scholarship dollars attached and the fees will remain the same, for now.    


Lanny Griffith is an REL graduate and media mogul. Contact him at 

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