By Justin Sandoval |Asst Sports Editor|
Dave Stockton hosted the 19th annual Dave Stockton Coyote Classic golf tournament Nov 17, at Arrowhead Country Club.
The proceeds from the event went to Student-Athletes Scholarships for all athletic programs.
On a day predicted to be smothered in strong Santa Ana winds, the weather turned out perfect for golf.
So Fitting on a day for Student-Athlete Scholarships, a previous recipient Gene Webster Jr. would be hosting and participating in the event.
He even made a hole-in-one on hole eight at Arrowhead C.C, which he did not fail to mention for the remainder of his night as host.
Also on the course were members of the Coyote Baseball team, hitting golf balls with baseball bats.
Assistant Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Dr. Kevin Hatcher said, “Gene Webster Jr. is the epitome of what the program and scholarships bring the school, a four time All-American, we re proud to have him.”
Webster is a four time All-American, Coyote record holder of the low tournament score at fourteen under par (-14), and is now the assistant golf coach here at Cal State University, San Bernardino.
Webster hosted the event following their day on the golf course; drawings, silent auctions and a reverse drawing were held for the contestants.
Webster said, “it is a privilege and an honor to host the very event for the program that gave me the opportunity to excel in the classroom and on the field, getting a hole in one doesn’t hurt either.”
Before all the festivities began, guests were treated to an amazing meal presented by Arrowhead C.C, and heard a few words from Cal State University, San Bernardino President Dr. Tomas D. Morales.
Commending Coyote athletes Dr. Morales said, “our student-athletes are true ambassadors in the community of San Bernardino County.”
A pasta bar greeted every guest, along with prime rib that melted in your mouth; the cuisine was an added bonus for those supporting our Athletes.
Dr. Hatcher said, “Nine of ten programs at Cal State San Bernardino have been nationally ranked within the last ten years.”
The program itself is a product of scholarships benefited by the Dave Stockton Coyote Classic.
The participants enjoyed their meal at the same table as Coyote Athletes; members of men’s golf, men’s baseball, woman’s softball, and men’s soccer were among guests.
Jordan Guillen of men’s golf said, “it’s truly amazing to see the support that is behind our program.”
“Being able to talk to the people who are helping the Coyote program is just more inspiration as an athlete to perform at my fullest capability,” continued Guillen.
Once all participants began their meals, Webster started the reverse raffle as well as the raffle, which people had been buying tickets for throughout the day.
The reverse drawing came down to number 100, and in true charitable fashion, it was all donated back to the Benefit Scholarship Foundation.
The night was concluded as President Morales’s team was the winning team.
One of the group members comedically grabbed the microphone and said, “I promise you this was not rigged!”