Weekend In Paradise
Howard Schnellenberger

Howard Schnellenberger

April 2, 2001

Boca Raton News
Guest Commentary: Howard Schnellenberger

At this writing, I'm on the dock of Sailfish Marina watching 44 boat captains, their crews, and celebrity fishermen at the final weigh in for competition for prize-winning kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.

With the first place dolphin at 21.7 pounds, Three Hour Tour Captain Sue Fry reports that dolphins hit just after their lines were cast. "We had a fabulous first day and worked as a team. Each person did exactly what he's best at doing from our captain, to the people who handle the lines, the rigging and bait."

Browning Nagle shows his golf trophy to Manny Fernandez and the Hatterascal crew. "I came back to help my team-the defending champs. FAU's President Catanese is more than a great golf partner, he's our team captain-the glue keeping us together and leading us to victory."

The tournament held many firsts. Aboard Dental Case, Mark Cooper made his first free dive and watched a school of 100 dolphin. Aboard a Mercury team boat, former Secret Serviceman Eric Littlejohn caught his first sailfish. (20 years ago, Eric tackled and arrested John Hinckley in the unsuccessful attempt to shoot President Reagan.)

Sailsman, captained by FAU alumnus Al Dosal who made two runs to the Bahamas to capture first (27.1 pounds), second and third in defense of his wahoo trophy. Al.'s enthusiasm for fishing matches his anticipation for football. "I love the idea of FAU football and can't wait until we meet Slippery Rock."

Jim Ladd, of FAU's first graduating class, was aboard Boomerang whose dolphin captured second place and his kingfish was in prize-winning contention. Jim is talking football this morning. "It's a long time in coming to FAU. I'm bringing 30 of my best friends to sit on the front row at Pro Player Stadium."

Pete Bonnaffee, aboard Australian Gold, captured first with a 56.6 pound king fish.

Waterproof's captain sums it up, "We came out for the prize money and to meet celebrities. But we're here because football is a wonderful idea for FAU. Sports motivate young people."

The FAU Celebrity Golf and Fishing Tournament unites people who have little reason to be together. We enjoy outstanding golf and fishing. We reestablish friendships. The tournament is creating a new bond among celebrities, golfers, fishermen, and our wonderful volunteers. Football is the tie that strengthens us. This tradition will grow, giving more people the opportunity to be part of something that is truly spectacular. Hallelujah! It's football in paradise!

In keeping with everything I've experienced as Director of Football Operations at Florida Atlantic University, our second annual celebrity golf and fishing tournament proves that people make the difference. Much like our football program, "Weekend in Paradise" has had to start from scratch and has grown exponentially.

At this writing, I'm on the dock of Sailfish Marina watching 44 boat captains, their crews, and celebrity fishermen at the final weigh in for competition for prize-winning kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.

With the first place dolphin at 21.7 pounds, Three Hour Tour Captain Sue Fry reports that dolphins hit just after their lines were cast. "We had a fabulous first day and worked as a team. Each person did exactly what he's best at doing from our captain, to the people who handle the lines, the rigging and bait."

Browning Nagle shows his golf trophy to Manny Fernandez and the Hatterascal crew. "I came back to help my team-the defending champs. FAU's President Catanese is more than a great golf partner, he's our team captain-the glue keeping us together and leading us to victory."

The tournament held many firsts. Aboard Dental Case, Mark Cooper made his first free dive and watched a school of 100 dolphin. Aboard a Mercury team boat, former Secret Serviceman Eric Littlejohn caught his first sailfish. (20 years ago, Eric tackled and arrested John Hinckley in the unsuccessful attempt to shoot President Reagan.)

 

 

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