Continued Success with Fundraiser at Meadow Club

Oct. 18, 2008

BERKELEY - The Meadow Club in Marin, site of the 2008 Pac-10 Championships hosted by the University of California, once again held a successful fundraiser for the men's golf program last Thursday, with supporters and student-athletes enjoying their opportunity to meet, mingle and play golf at the 19th annual event.

'The Meadow Club and its members have been a great support club for Cal men's golf,' said head coach Steve Desimone. 'The weather was fabulous and the course was in superb shape, as always. I received comments from so many alumni that show they really enjoy meeting our guys and watching them play, and our players represented what we do in a wonderful way.'

The event was attended, Desimone said, by 'many familiar faces that have been with us for years and years,' including Bob Smith, Jim Robertson, Skip Klumeck, Peter Applegate, Pete Dolan and many others. The supporters and student-athletes had lunch before merging into teams to play a round that ended with Bob Minahen, Bill Minahen and Frank Brunk joining operations manager Curt David and Cal senior Michael Jensen to take top honors at the evening award ceremony.

'Our team and student-athletes take away much more than financial resources from the annual fundraiser. It's a mutual admiration, because the student-athletes enjoy getting out and meeting people,' coach Desimone said. 'It's part of their educational process to meet people and articulate thoughts and ideas not just about golf, but about Cal and other things that are happening.'

Desimone said he and everyone associated with the program look forward to next year's event. 'With people applauding at the end of the day and already asking about next year, we must be doing something right,' he said.

The Golden Bears, set to come in this week ranked No. 29 by Golfstat, will open their spring season Feb. 2 in Tucson at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, resuming competition after finishing in the top three in their first three tournaments this fall before ending 2008 play in 7th at The Prestige.

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