PROVO Masters champion Mike Weir, baseball standout Gary Cooper, volleyball All-American Michele Fellows Lewis and swimming recold-holder Melanie Rile will be inducted into the Cougar Club Hall of Fame tonight.The annual banquet and ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the Cougar Room of LaVell Edwards Stadium.
MIKE WEIR: Weir was the first left-handed golfer to make a BYU varsity team, playing from 1989 to 1992 and leading the squad to three Western Athletic Conference championships from 1990-92.
Placing second in the 1990 WAC meet, he earned conference player-of-the-year and second-team All-America honors in 1992, as well as the John Geertsen Award, given annually to the BYU golfer with the best stroke average.
In 1992, Weir turned professional, being named Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year in 1993 and joining the PGA Tour in 1998. He made history last April by becoming the first Canadian and only the second left-hander to win a major with his outstanding performance at the Masters Tournament. Weir has picked up two other first-place finishes at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Nissan Open, and is among the top-five money-winners on the PGA tour for the same year.Weir and his wife, Bricia Rodriguez, reside with their family in Draper.
GARY COOPER: The BYU record-holder for stolen bases (95) and member of the nation's top-ranked team in 1983, Cooper starated nearly all of his 292 games as a Cougar. He played on the BYU teams that won the WAC titles in 1983 and 1985 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, as well as the WAC division-title team from 1983-85.
A first-team All-American in 1985 and 1986 and conference player of the year as a senior, Cooper was an a three-time All-WAC division selection. He finished second in NCAA career runs scored (320), fourth in NCAA career hits (349), sixth in NCAA career total bases (612) and set WAC and BYU career records for runs, hits, RBI, stolen bases and walks.
He also batted a college-career .409 average and set a school mark with five stolen bases in one game.
A seventh-round draft pick by the Houston Astros in 1986, Cooper reached the majors in 1991 and later played in the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. He played in several Triple-A all-star games during a 10-year pro career and was an all-star game MVP one year and voted Outstanding Player of the Yeare in the Pacific Coast League.Gary and his wife April have two daughters, Taylor (9) and Nikki (8), and a son Camden (4) and currently reside in Alpine, Utah.
MICHELE FELLOWS LEWIS: Over her four-year volleyball career, Fellows helped lead BYU to an 84-12 record, two WAC championships and its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four.
As a sophomre, Fellows was named Academic All-WAC, Cougar Club Scholar/Athlete and second-team All-WAC honors as well as first-team AVCA All-West for the first of three consecutive seasons. She led the Cougars in hitting percentage at .268 and aces with 36, was second in kills with 411 and third in digs with 339. Fellows would end her career with two additional AVCA First Team All-West honors.
As a junior, Fellows earned first-team All-WAC, second-team All-America by AVCA and Volleyball Monthly's honorable mention All-America honors. Once again named Academic All-WAC and Cougar Club Scholar/Athlete, she also led the Cougars in hitting percentage.
In her final senior season, Fellows helped BYU to its first-ever Final Four appearance the first WAC school to do so. Fellows received WAC Player of the Year honors as well as was named first-team All-WAC and first-team All-America by AVCA and Volleyball Monthly. She finished the season third in kills per game (3.94), fifth in career kills (1185) and seventh in career block assists (272).Fellows married Chad Lewis, a former Cougar tight end and current All-Pro with the Philadelphia Eagles; they have three children: Emily (6), Sarah (5), Jacob (2) and are expecting a fourth in January.
MELANIE RILE: As a freshman, Rile set school records in the 100-meter freestyle, the 200 free, 500 free, 50 backstroke and the 200 free relay, and she captured five regional championships and became only the second swimmer in BYU history to receive AIAW All-America honors.
At the 1982 AIAW Championships that first season, Rile earned first-team AIAW All-America honors after finishing fifth in the 500 free, fourth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 IM. She then went on to win the consolation races in the 100 and 200 freestyle events to single-handedly give BYU a No. 18 national finish.
The following year Rile became the first athlete from BYU to qualify for the NCAA Championships in three events, no less, the 200 and 400 IM and the 500 free.
In her junior year, Rile dominated the 1984 HCAC Conference Championships by claiming four individual and two relay titles with her performances in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, the 200-yard IM and as a member of the winning 400 free and 400 medley relay teams. Her finishes at the Championships earned her a place on the HCAC All-Conference team. Rile once again qualified for the NCAA Championships with her top times in the 200 IM, 500 free, and the 400-medley relay; she also again qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials that same year.
As a senior Rile continued to excel in the 400 IM and the 500 free as she broke her own school records in both events. In setting both of those records, Rile earned HCAC All-Conference honors and qualified for the NCAA Championships, her fourth consecutive trip to the national championships.
Nearly 20 years later Rile's records for her high altitude swims in the 500 free, 100 IM, and the pool record for the 500 free remain unbroken on the Cougar record books.
Rile is married to former Cougar men's team swimmer Ron Menezes. They in Centennial, Colo., with their two daughters, Natasha, and Michelle.