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Athletics to Participate in Gulf Coast Beach Bash Thursday Night; Golf Tourney Slated for Earlier in Day

July 24, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A quartet of head coaches, as well as five members of the football team, along with the Golden Eagle cheerleaders and Seymour will make an appearance at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Beach Bash, which will be held, Thursday (July 26), at the Imperial Palace Casino (850 Bayview) in Biloxi. There will also be a golf tournament held in conjunction earlier in the day.

The event starts at 5 p.m., with a social and silent auction, followed by a dinner and program at 6 p.m.

Football coach Jeff Bower, along with men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy, women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis and baseball coach Corky Palmer will be in attendance for the event.

The five players scheduled to appear at the event include senior defensive linemen Sean Merrill (D'Iberville) and Martavius Prince (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), senior defensive end Robert Henderson (Ponchatoula, La.), senior defensive back Brandon Sumrall (Beaumont) and junior offensive lineman Ryan McKee (Spanish Fort, Ala.).

The five Golden Eagle players were a part of a team that captured its 13-straight winning season, a fifth-straight bowl appearance and ninth in the last 10 seasons and look to improve on its 9-5 football record and C-USA East Division Championship from a season ago. The season kicks off Sept. 1 against Tennessee-Martin. Game time is set for 6 p.m., at "The Rock."

Admission is $15 per person in at the door or via online at (click on Gulf Coast Beach Bash under Upcoming Events down the right column). Children ages 6-12 are $8 and those children under 6 will be admitted free to the event.

For additional information, contact Dawn Smith in the USM Alumni Association at 601-266-4218 or via email at

The golf tournament will be played on the 18-hole "The Preserve" course at The Preserve Golf Club facility in Vancleave, Miss. It is a 6,775-yard circuit from the longest tees for a par of 71. Designed by Jerry Pate, The Preserve golf course opened in 2006.

Cost of the event is $125 and includes lunch and range balls starting at 11 am. Two Divisions - either as a scramble team or four-man best ball - begins at noon.

For Golf Tournament information contact For those desiring rooms for the night of the 26th there is a block of rooms available at the Palace Casino Resort for $69. Call (800)Palace9 (725-2239) The room block code to access this rate is USM Coast Gulf 3962.

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