March 19, 1999
LIVERMORE, Calif. - The California and Stanford's men's golf teams will host the second annual Cal/Stanford Golf Invitational at the Wente Golf Course on Fri., April 2.
"This event is more than just a clash between Cardinal & White and Blue & Gold," said Bob Murphy, the long-time voice of Cardinal football and basketball and whom the grand prize Muphy Cup is named after. "This is a gathering of great friends who share a rivalry that spans more than a century. No other pair of schools in the country can boast of such a crazy scheme. These guys are supposed to hate one another."
The tournament is a joint effort by both universities' golfing alumni to raise funds for support of the teams. Last year's inaugural event raised more than $12,000. This year's tournament promises to do better as prominent sponsors, alumni and celebrities have collaborated to make this year's sequel special.
The tournament is composed of five-player teams that will play a best ball format. Prominent Stanford names include Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett, basketball coach Mike Montgomery and three-time All-American Joel Kribel. The Bears will be led by former football legend Frank Brunk, Chancellor Robert Berdahl and All-American Dan Arroyo.
"This is Cal and Stanford at their best," Cal head golf coach Steve Desimone said. "We'll beat up on each other in the afternoon and toast one another in the evening."
Stanford head coach Wally Goodwin agreed.
"This event is probably the only fundraiser in the nation conceived to benefit teams form two rival universities," he said. "It symbolizes the best in intercollegiate athletics: fight to the end, but share the generosity of both our alumni groups. It's great."
For more information, please contact Charles Dell'Ario at (510) 763-7700.