Gulf of Mexico: Golfing and Fishing for Children’s Hospital

2011 Fishing Winners: Jacob Jeane and his uncle, Donald Wayne Jeane.


Within the last two years, the Memorial Classic has raised nearly $40,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Transocean employees and their families, along with customers and vendors, gather each April at Toledo Bend in Many, Louisiana, to have a great time while raising money.

2011 Golfing Winners: Jeremy Clements (left) and Tony Freia (second from right) and teammates. 2012 Fishing Winners: Jesse Cox (right) and his father-in-law, Robert Cooksey. 2012 Golfing Winners: Kirk Parker, Vance Tarver, Cori Funderburk and Glen Shropshire.The event started in 1996 as an outing for Gulf of Mexico employees and their families and has grown into a much-anticipated event each year, raising thousands of dollars for its chosen charity—TCH. In 2010, the tournament was named in honor of Mike Hall, Vice President, Newbuilds, who passed away in 2009. In 2011, the event became known as the Memorial Classic to honor colleagues lost in the Macondo incident, and now will honor all Transocean colleagues who passed away during the year.

The winners of the fishing tournament in 2011 were Jacob Jeane, Mechanic, Discoverer Enterprise, and his uncle, Donald Wayne Jeane. The duo also received the Big Lunker award for catching the largest bass, weighing 9 lbs., setting a record for the event. On the golfing side in 2011, Jeremy Clements, Senior Materials Coordinator, Discoverer India, and Tony Freia, Buyer, Amelia, and their team took top honors.

At the 2012 tournament, Jesse Cox, Floorhand, Deepwater Nautilus, and his father-in-law, Robert Cooksey, won the fishing competition, including the award for Big Lunker with a 4 lb., 10 oz. bass. The winning golf team was Glen Shropshire, Rig Manager, Performance; Cori Funderburk, Crane Operator; Vance Tarver, Driller; and Kirk Parker, Floorhand, Discoverer Deep Seas.