April 4, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu
or Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu


Carlos Ruiz, forward for the Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer Team and the league's most valuable player, is the featured sports celebrity at the 2003 Bright House Networks (formerly Time Warner Cable) Golf Classic set for April 21 at Seven Oaks Country Club.

The event is a benefit to raise funds for the Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (HESF), which provides scholarships for academically excellent and financially needy students at California State University, Bakersfield. Since its inception in 1984, HESF has raised more than $1 million, providing 956 scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $2,500.

An international soccer star from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Ruiz is in his second year with the Los Angeles Galaxy. In his debut year, Ruiz set and broke many team and league records including a league high 24 goals and one assist for 49 points on the season. This performance shattered the league record set in 1996. Ruiz also started in all 26 Galaxy games and was the second player in Major League Soccer history to be named player of the month twice in one season.

Registration for the Golf Classic begins at 8 a.m., followed by a golf clinic at 9:30 a.m. taught by Seven Oaks Country Club golf pro, Bruce Burroughs. The classic will feature 36 four-member teams teeing off at 11 a.m., with each team playing the Lakes sixth hole with Ruiz.

Event chairman Thomas R. Martinez said interest in the Classic is always high and he anticipates another  exciting day for all.
"This is a very popular event and it is strongly supported by the community," Martinez said. "And, through a recent dollar-for-dollar agreement with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund, all money raised locally is doubled, so in addition to having a great time, participants and sponsors know they are helping hundreds of local students obtain a college education."
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 Toyota automobile, courtesy of Bill Wright Toyota, for a hole-in-one on the Lakes sixth hole.
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 4 p.m. buffet reception, are $25.

Golf Classic sponsors are Bright House Networks (formerly Time Warner Cable), Advance Beverage Company, The Robert Raskind Charitable Foundation, Univision, and H. A. Sala Attorney at Law.

For entry forms and more information, please call (661) 664-3052, or mail your check to CSUB Office of Diversity Initiatives and Special Projects, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield 93311-1099.