The athletic department will host a golf tournament to raise money for the upcoming season.
The 14th annual Abe Lemmons Golf Classic is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Lincoln Park Golf Course, 4001 N.E. Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
The money from the event will go toward athletic scholarships and facilities for the university’s 21 athletic teams.
Students can pay to create a team in the tournament.
“This is one of the main ways the athletic department reaches out to the community,” Athletic Director Jim Abbott said.
He said the department relies on these types of fundraisers to afford competitions.
“We need more money because our budget doesn’t cover national championships,” Abbott said.
Junior golfer Rupert Kaminski has participated in the event in years past and said he enjoyed it.
“It’s more casual than a regular golf tournament, and you can enjoy it more and relax,” he said.
Kaminski said several members of the golf team plan to participate this year, and he said he encourages students to participate and volunteer, even if they aren’t golfers.
“It raises a lot of money for not just the golf team, but all athletics, and I think it’s a great way for us to meet people who support us,” he said.
Kaminski said students should support athletics by participating in the event.
“It’s important so that we can go to places and compete, and it gives us an opportunity to perform at our best by giving us a lot of equipment that we need,” he said.
Nathan Doll, assistant soccer coach, said he plans to put together a team of soccer alumni to compete in this year’s tournament.
“We’re not expecting to win or anything,” he said. “We’re just trying to have some fun.”
Doll said he looks forward to the event because it’s one of the only events the athletics department hosts.
“Everyone is kind of out there for the same reason,” he said. “It’s a way to give back without just writing a check.”
Abbott said he is looking forward to the next year of athletics.
“We were given the Director’s Cup, which is given to the best athletic program in the country,” he said. “So that really speaks to the excellence of OCU athletics.”
Students interested in creating a team or volunteering for the golf classic may contact Abbott at (405) 208-5301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.