April 08, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu


Donnie Edwards, a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, is the featured sports celebrity at the Bright House Networks’ Golf Classic set for April 19 at Seven Oaks Country Club.

The event is a fundraiser 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, and has provided 956 scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $2,500.

A native of Chula Vista, Edwards played in his first Pro Bowl in 2002, and has been a member of the USA Today’s All-Joe Team. He was drafted out of UCLA by Kansas City in the fourth round of 1996 NFL Draft. He began playing for San Diego in 2002. An interesting side-note to Edwards’ career is his success despite being highly allergic to grass, football’s natural playing surface.

Registration for the Golf Classic begins at 9 a.m., followed by a golf clinic at 10 a.m., taught by Bruce Burroughs, Seven Oaks Country Club golf pro. The classic will feature 36 four-member teams teeing off at 11 a.m., with each team playing the sixth hole with Edwards.

Event chairman Thomas R. Martínez said the Golf Classic has become a real tradition with many past sponsors and players, who look forward to participating. “Once people get in and attend, they’re hooked,” he said.

"Moreover, this very popular event is strongly supported by the community. Through a 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 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 2004 Toyota Camry courtesy of Bill Wright Toyota, for a hole-in-one on the sixth hole.

Team entry fee, including 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, Advance Beverage Co., Golden West Casino, The Robert Raskind Charitable Foundation, and Univision/TeleFutura/KABE Channel 39.

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.