29 MARCH 2000

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138; pwright@csub.edu


Golf classic benefits scholarships


John O'Leary III of the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy is the featured pro player at the 2000 Time Warner Golf Classic set for April 10 at the Seven Oaks Country Club.

The event is a scholarship benefit, which helps raise funds for the Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships for students at California State University, Bakersfield.

O'Leary compiled a successful collegiate career at the University of Central Florida, before earning Class A status with the PGA of America while working at the Country Club of Orlando and at the Grand Cypress Resort. A gifted teacher, O'Leary has written many articles and conducted educational seminars for the PGA. He helped develop the video analysis programs and is a featured instructor on the Golf Channel.

Registration begins at 8 a.m, followed by a golf clinic at 9:30 a.m. The classic will feature 36 four-member teams teeing off at 11 a.m., with each team playing the 15th hole with O'Leary.

Thomas R. Martinez, director of CSUB's Office of Diversity Initiatives and Special Projects, said interest in the Classic is high and he anticipates an entertaining event.

"Participants will, in addition to having a great time, be part of an effort that has, since 1984, raised nearly half a million dollars to help hundreds of academically excellent yet economically needy minority students attend CSUB," Martinez said.

Bill Grinstead, president of Time Warner Cable in Bakersfield, said he was pleased to be involved the Classic.

"Time Warner Cable is delighted to be the lead sponsor for this year's Classic, and I'm personally delighted to be involved," Grinstead said. "The Classic has such a great reputation, and we hope we'll be able to see it enjoy ever greater success. I know everyone who plays will have a terrific time, and it's such a great cause. It's so rewarding providing these students a means to pursue their dreams."

A number of prizes are being offered, including the top prize, a 2000 Toyota Avalon XLS, donated by Bill Wright Toyota, for a hole-in-one on the 15th hole. Family Motors is donating a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle for a hole-in-one on the fourth hole.

Prizes will also be awarded to the top eight teams, for closest to the pin and longest drive.

The award ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., with the reception following.

Team entry fee, which includes the buffet reception, is $600. Individual entry fee is $150. Tee sponsorship is $100. Guest tickets, which include full-day gallery access and the buffet reception, are $25.

Golf Classic sponsors include Advance Beverage, Bank of Stockdale, CSUB Runner Bookstore, ESPN, Fox Sports World, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, and State Farm Insurance Companies.

For entry forms and more information, contact Martinez at 661/664-3052, or mail your check to CSUB Office of Diversity Initiatives and Special Projects, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield 93311-1099.