Golf classic raises profits for new stadium scoreboard
LINCOLN, Neb. – Twenty-seven foursomes made up of Bulldog alums, coaches and staff and friends and fans of Concordia University hit the course at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday as part of the 18th annual Bulldog Golf Classic. Proceeds from the event will go towards the two-phased project that will see a brand new scoreboard complete with a video board and sound system erected at Bulldog Stadium. Phase one will be finished before football and soccer events begin inside the stadium this August.
Led by head women’s basketball coach Drew Olson and football defensive coordinator Patrick Daberkow, a throng of Bulldog athletic staff staged the event with the help of several university sponsors and Hillcrest Country Club staff.
For Olson, the Bulldog Golf Classic has been a great way to not all raise funds for athletic projects, but also serve as a venue for alumni, staff and friends to unite every summer.
“Just the fact that we have a lot of alumni, big sponsors and donors come back for it makes it special,” Olson said. “It just makes it really neat to have everyone together and be part of that Concordia family.”
Daberkow, who attended his fifth Bulldog Golf Classic on Friday, expressed similar sentiments. He also relishes watching his fellow coaches struggle to navigate through 18 holes.
“Mostly I enjoy laughing at the coaches who can’t golf,” Daberkow joked. “And (athletic director) Devin’s (Smith) skinny legs in those shorts.”
A group of five that included Randy Baack, Grant Schmidt, Andy Scott and Bob Scott carded the lowest overall score on Friday. The quintet posted a 20-under-par 52.
However, many of the day’s participants admitted their golf games were a little rusty. The Bulldog Golf Classic field clubbed plenty of ground balls and slices into the course’s numerous trees. One golfer even remarked, “I hit the tee farther than the ball,” after a particularly rough go off the tee on hole 9.
But the field’s more than 100 members worried little about the sharpness of their golf games. This was a day for fun in the sun in support of a worthy cause.
“Absolutely horrific, absolutely horrific,” head football coach Vance Winter replied when asked about the state of his golf game. “But we’re having fun.”
Winter was more than happy to take part in an event that will help make home football Saturdays exceedingly fan friendly with an enhanced scoreboard.
“I think it will add to the game day atmosphere so much,” Winter said. “It was a huge need for us. The new scoreboard will be a huge boost for us for the game day atmosphere and from a recruiting standpoint. So we’re really excited to get the new scoreboard for this season.”
Friday’s outing also featured Bulldog student-athletes of the past like former golfer Lee Johanson, who just completed his final season on head coach Brett Muller’s squad in 2011-12.
“This has really been an awesome, fun time,” Johanson said. “I’m getting to meet new people – meet new people that are working at Concordia. I really just enjoy the day and enjoy what God has given us. I’m just having a good time.”
Refer to the links at the top right of this page to view details of phases one and two of the stadium scoreboard project.