Fifth Annual CordeValle Collegiate Championship Begins Sunday

Nov. 4, 2009

SAN MARTIN, CA - The fifth annual CordeValle Collegiate Championship, features 14 of the best collegiate golf teams in the nation, has been re-named the Gifford Collegiate Championship at CordeValle, to honor its long-time sponsor and Bay Area philanthropist Jack Gifford. Gifford who passed away unexpectedly in January and his wife Rhodine, have been long-time supporters of collegiate sports and have been major contributors to UCLA's athletic program.

'Mr. Gifford has been an instrumental part of our program,' stated UCLA Head Golf Coach Derek Freeman. 'His influence on UCLA Golf will be felt for generations.'

Mrs. Rhodine Gifford will continue to support the Gifford Collegiate Championship that her husband Jack founded.

Stanford Golf Coach Conrad Ray, whose team won the 2006 event, noted, 'The Gifford Collegiate Championship is a great way to recognize an amazing man, Jack Gifford. Jack was a builder of young men. His interest in collegiate athletics was a true example of this. CordeValle is one of the best venues in the country, the field is strong, and Stanford is eager to compete. Jack would be proud and his legacy will live on through this amazing event.'

The 54-hole annual Gifford Collegiate Championship will take place at CordeValle Resort, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed golf course from Sunday, November 8 through Wednesday, November 11. Teams competing include: UCLA, Stanford, USC, Duke, Charlotte, Northwestern, Long Beach State, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Augusta State, Ohio State, Colorado and Lamar.

The Collegiate event begins with the 'Gifford Showcase/College Am' event where 30 Bay Area amateur golfers will be paired with the top golfer and head coach from each of the college teams. The collegiate men's competition begins Monday, November 9 and continues through Wednesday, November 11 and features 18-holes per day with an 8:30 a.m. tee off. Teams will include six players with the five low scores counting in team totals.

Trophies will be awarded to the winning college team, including all individual players, along with honors to the individual medalist. Teams will also be vying for the Gifford perpetual trophy, which will be engraved with the winning team's name and displayed at CordeValle.

The Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) will be on-site to manage the rules and the scoring on the course. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

CordeValle was recently named California's #1 golf destination by CondeNast Traveler's June 2007 Readers' Poll and was ranked the #13 golf resort in North America, the Caribbean and Atlantic, Ireland and Scotland. CordeValle was also ranked in the top three in the 2007 - 2008 issue of Zagat Guide's America's Top Golf Courses.

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