MARCH 15, 2001

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


CSUB scholarship fund hosts gold classic


Jeff Wermuth is the featured pro player at the 2001 Time Warner Golf Classic set for April 9 at the Seven Oaks Country Club.

The event is a scholarship benefit to raise funds for the Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for academically excellent and financially needy students at California State University, Bakersfield.

Wermuth was director of instruction at the David L. Baker Memorial Golf Course in Los Angeles. He also taught at the Nike Golf Learning Center. He piloted the Junior Golf Program and took part in the "Drive, Pitch, and Putt" competition, which aired nationally on The Golf Channel. In 1999, he was also featured on "Beat the Pro" with Jim Hill.

A skilled and dedicated teacher, Wermuth was honored last year as the American Golf's Southern California "Teacher of the Year." A native of Newport Beach, Wermuth attended Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii and Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Pa.

Registration for the Golf Classic 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 Wermuth.

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, in addition to having a great time, will be part of an effort that, since 1984, has raised more than $800,000 to help hundreds of academically excellent yet economically needy minority students attend CSUB," Martinez said.

Keith Burkley, 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," Burkley 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 to provide these students a means to pursue their dreams."

A number of great prizes are being offered to the top eight teams, as well as for closest to the pin and longest drive. There is also the opportunity to win a Santa Fe Sports Utility Vehicle for a hole-in-one on the 15th hole, courtesy of Family Motors.

The award ceremony will be hosted by Beau Reyes of 104.3FM and is scheduled for about 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, Bill Wright Toyota, Family Motors, J.D. Rush, Inc.; Sylvia Mendez and Associates, and Paramount Farms.

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.



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