Amidst a beautiful setting at the prestigious Redlands Country Club, the 24th Annual Bulldog Bench Golf Tournament teed off on Monday, May 13, and helped the Department of Athletics at the University of Redlands to raise money for its 21 varsity programs. In addition, it was announced that the single largest gift to the Bulldog Bench and Bulldog Athletics had been made, resulting in the decision to rename the tournament in honor of former Bulldog student-athlete, Edwin B. Hales ’63. Beginning with the 2014 event, which also commemorates the 25th annual year, the tournament will be known as the Edwin B. Hales Bulldog Bench Golf Classic.
With 110 golfers for the second-highest number in the last 10 years, the tournament involved community members, business representatives, alumni, and friends of the Bulldogs in a fun-filled effort that netted more than $38,000. In addition to corporate sponsors and golfer fees, donations came from an opportunity drawing, Las Vegas hole, mulligans, and more. During the evening program, golfers participated in the inaugural “Last Bulldog Standing,” which encouraged a competition of giving among the attendees. Finally, the event concluded with a live auction of items that included tickets to professional athletic events, week-stays at premier locations, and multiple unique experiences.
After hearing of the Bulldog Bench’s impact on Tristan Kirk ’13 of the men’s basketball team and Jessica Medvec ’13 of the swimming program, a special announcement was made regarding Hales’ significant gift to the Bulldog Bench. He arrived at Redlands in 1957 and attended the university for one year before leaving for two years of military service in the Army. He returned in 1960 and was a standout in the Bulldog football program during the next three seasons. He graduated with a degree in Economics as a member of the Class of 1963 and was joined in that class by his younger sister, Cathy. A familiar friend of the Bulldogs, the former Cathy Hales has been Cathy Stockton for 48 years. Among other endeavors, she and her husband, Dave, have been integral in the development and success of the Bulldog Bench Golf Tournament throughout the years.
After Hales graduated from Redlands, he went on to enjoy a career as an attorney and had a wonderful life, pursuing his passions of bull fighting, sailing, auto racing, his friends, his family and just having a good time. He was a true Bulldog and his student-athlete experience at Redlands meant a great deal to him, which inspired him to leave a significant and impactful gift from his stock portfolio to the Bulldog Bench upon his passing. According to Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez, Hales’ gift will positively affect numerous student-athletes and programs over the next 15-20 years.
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