By Eileen Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
The eighth annual CSUSB Rec Sports Golf Tournament is set to tee off on Friday.
Raulabel Gonzalez, Sports and Facilities Coordinator for the Rec. Sports, organized the tournament to be played at the Shandin Hills Golf Course in San Bernardino.
“Its going to be a great time,” said Gonzalez.
Money raised at the tournament goes towards scholarships to provide airfare and lodging for students to attend the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) conference. NIRSA is a national conference in which recently graduated students can find job opportunities.
The tournament usually provides scholarships for 10 students to attend the conference.
Gonzalez wants to make sure that the only expense his graduates have to worry about is clothing for interviews.
The expected turnout this year is to be between 40-50 teams; student attendance for the event is vital, as all proceeds go to scholarships.
Teams who participate in the tournament receive a free lunch, a raffle ticket for the grand prize and a goody bag.
The grand prize includes a two-night stay at the Imperial Palace hotel, tournament round at Pauite Golf Club, discounts on practice rounds, and many more benefits.
In addition, the winning team of the tournament receives a trip to Las Vegas where the team will compete in the National Championship.
Last year, the student team from CSUSB took third place nationally. The winning alumni team this year will be defending last year’s championship finish.
One student who benefited from the scholarship, Paul Dudley, was hired at the local radio station, 99.9 Kola FM in the marketing department.
“We have 130-150 student employees. It’s a community within itself. A lot of people who work for us become successful,” said Gonzalez of his department.
Teams of two or four or individual players can still register until the extended date of Wednesday, Oct. 26. Prices range from $45 to $280 depending on the amount of participants and student status.
Sponsorship is available in three ranges of hole, gold and platinum sponsorship.
There are three ways to register: filling out the registration form payable to CSUSB Recreational Sports; online at http://www.cgagolflinks.com or walk into the fitness center and register in person.
Gonzalez has provided a great way to give back to his students in providing an opportunity to find a job at a national conference right out of graduation.
Those who want to apply for the scholarships must have a good GPA and work in the Recreational Center Department. “You should work here, and workout here,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who graduated in 2000, deserves a lot of the credit for the tournament. He helped make an ultimate push for building the Recreation Center earlier in his career.
The golf tournament adds to his contributions to CSUSB.
Gonzalez wants to give his employees every opportunity in succeeding by giving “as much student leadership skills as we can.”
The Golf Tournament will occur on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Tee off is at 11:30 a.m.