30th Annual Bryan Bickmore Dealerships Oregon State Golf Scramble A Success

May 7, 2002

TUALATIN, Ore. - -

The Oregon State men's golf team held its 30th annual Bryan Bickmore Oregon State Golf Scramble on Monday, netting over $20,000 for the OSU men's golf program.

The event featured a golf scramble, auction, silent auction and gourmet dinner. Up for bid at the auctions were autographed OSU football apparel, vacation packages, and golf equipment. Competing at the event, among others, were former OSU All-American golfer Anthony Arvidson and head football coach Dennis Erickson.

The money raised at events past has helped pay for the team's trip to Ireland two years ago, a covered and heated driving range, state-of-the-art video equipment, and furnishings for the Beaver Den team room at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

'I was extremely happy with the event, and I know the participants enjoyed it as well,' OSU coach Brian Watts said. 'It was the first time I can recall that everybody stayed for the auction. It was a good day.

'Bryan Bickmore's involvement, along with Weyerhaeuser, has allowed us to keep the tournament at the Tualatin Country Club, along with helping our men's golf program do some special things throughout the years.

'I'd like to thank the all of those who have participated this year as well as in years past, not only for OSU athletics, but for the men's golf program,' Watts said. 'We look forward to seeing them next year at the Bryan Bickmore Oregon State Golf Scramble.'

Bickmore, who's support of OSU athletics has included a contribution to the Valley Football Center, has been a long-time contributor to Oregon State athletics.

Soon after his purchase of a Ford Dealership in 1990, he became the principle sponsor of the Tualatin Scramble.

'I think the basic thing is the level of dedication and the sincerity of the coaches and the athletic staff,' Bickmore said. 'Ed Knecht, who is a very good friend and a supporter, Dee Andros, Mitch Barnhart, Greg Byrne, and Dr. Risser, they've all been very, very appreciative. You like to be able to do things when you're able to for people like that. I've been a believer that if you're living in a community or a state, you need to put something back into that state.'

After 22 years of support for Oregon State athletics, it came as no surprise to Bickmore to see the Beaver athletic programs - and the men's golf team in particular - enjoy a high level of success.

'It didn't come as a surprise to me to see the golf team and the rest of the athletic programs have success, because of the quality of people involved,' Bickmore said. 'I was certainly happy with their success and happy for them, but I wasn't surprised.'

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