Waves Baseball to Host Annual Patrick Rooney Memorial Golf Tournament
Patrick Rooney Memorial Golf Tournament - will take place Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, Calif.
Check-in time for the foursome scramble is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start set for 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded following the 4 p.m. buffet dinner to the winning team as well as those who win the "Closest to the Pin" and "Longest Drive" contests.
The entry fee is $200 per player. Sponsors are eligible to receive a 100 percent tax deduction from their fees, less cost of benefits, and Pepperdine will gift receipt $100 as a tax deduction from each individual entry.
A silent auction also will take place throughout the day. This year's items include sports memorabilia, golf amenities, baseball merchandise, sportswear, dinners for two and other exciting items.
All funds raised support the ongoing development of the Pepperdine baseball team and its facilities. The Waves have made significant upgrades to Eddy D. Field Stadium the past ten years, earning their facility rave reviews as "the most beautiful stadium in the country." Many of the upgrades have brought a more professional feel to the complex, including a new padded outfield wall and the upgrade of the batting cages to feature a new turf surface. This year the team will be updating the clubhouse. The fundraising efforts also allow the Waves to travel all of their team on special trips and gain valuable experiences during their collegiate careers. This year they have a 10-day road trip planned for Spring Break that will take the team to play some of the top collegiate programs in Texas and Oklahoma.
On the upgrades in recent years, head coach Steve Rodriguez said, "The fundraising goals that we are able to achieve allow us to change the face of our facilities and provide an excellent experience for our student-athletes."
One of the other main goals of the baseball program is raise money for a foreign tour every four years. The Waves most recently took their foreign tour in the summer of 2011, spending seven days in Italy. The team is hoping to travel to Japan with the funds raised in a few years. This is a unique experience that Rodriguez values as life-changing and hopes to be able to share it with future generations of Wave baseball student-athletes.
The Patrick Rooney Memorial Golf Tournament is named in honor of the former Waves' third baseman, who died alongside his father, Bill, in a tragic plane crash during the winter of 2010. Rooney played at Pepperdine from 2002 to 2005 and helped lead the Waves to a pair of West Coast Conference titles and three NCAA Regional berths. Patrick continued to support the program following graduation by participating in the team's annual golf tournaments.
Patrick's younger brother, Colin, later played third base at Pepperdine from 2009-10.
"We are honored to have the golf tournament named after Patrick Rooney. He and his family have always been tremendous supporters of the Pepperdine baseball program. Their effort and support is what every coach could only wish for out of their alumni and families," Rodriguez said.
For more information on the tournament, an entry form and directions to the Moorpark Country Club, see the attached pdf.