Driving for Athletics
The fourth annual "Driving For Athletics" Golf Tournament sponsored by the Office of Development and the Athletics Department was a huge success! This year's fall event was held at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame on October 7.
Alumni golfers, donors, staff, students, family and friends represented the diverse field. The weather was ideal for the participants who enjoyed the day of golf, lunch, dinner, margaritas and prizes.
"A special thank you to everyone who made this tournament successful, from those who played to all those who volunteered leading up to the tournament and throughout the day," said Manny Nungaray, executive director of development. "Because of everyone's participation this year, we were able to increase our sponsorships by 33 percent over last spring's golf tournament."
More than 100 golfers came out to show off their ARGO spirit and to support student athletics. This year the tournament included a few incentives such as the hole-in-one contests on all four par-3 holes (with prizes such as $10,000, a trip to Hawaii, and a trip to Florida), a putting contest and sponsored beverage holes.
The golf tournament benefits NDNU's Athletic Department. "By participating in the golf tournament, you will be helping to provide facility renovations, specialized equipment and sports enhancements for NDNU's 11 sports teams," said athletic director Josh Doody. "You will also have the option of adding to NDNU's Athletics Scholarship Fund and the Argo Sports Fund."
The Athletics Department is already in full swing, all pun intended, as they begin to plan the fifth annual "Driving For Athletics" Golf Tournament. The event is scheduled for the fall of 2014.
"The Alumni Association is equally grateful to the many benefactors who support our mission to facilitate meaningful lifelong relationships between alumni and the school and provide resources and opportunities to strengthen the stability and growth of our university," said Elizabeth Valente, alumni relations director. "The tournament embodies the true meaning of community spirit and has created meaningful friendships!"
ARGOS vs. ARGO Alumni Basketball Challenge
On November 2, the Notre Dame de Namur men's basketball team started their 2013-14 season with a home exhibition game as they took on the NDNU Alumni. The current Argos squared off against 11 former NDNU players — including some of the best to ever play at the university.
Returning for the game was former Argos star Chris Clock who has been playing oversees since graduating from NDNU in 2007. Clock, the school's all-time leader with 182 three-pointers made has played in Germany and France. Most recently, he suited up for N.B Sora in Italy.
While at NDNU, Clock, who majored in business administration, was named 2nd Team All-Pacific West Conference as a senior and finished third all-time in scoring with 1033 total points. Joining Clock on the Alumni team were five members from the 2012 squad: kinesiology major Arron Mollet, business administration major Trent Henwood, communications major Jeff Ford, sociology major Josh Petitt and psychology major Cheynne Lishman. Mollet played two seasons at NDNU where he averaged 11.9 points per game before being drafted by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Developmental League.
In addition to the 2012 graduates, the Alumni team featured business administration/finance major Pat Menzel '06, communications major Chris Edwards'08, history major Nick Storment '11, business administration major Alex Raj '11 and business administration/international relations major Jeff Berridge '10.
At the end of the night the current Argonauts prevailed, beating the Alumni 76-67. Micah Dunhour and James Northup led the 2013 Argos with 16 points apiece while 2008 graduate Chris Clock paced the Alumni with 14 points.
NDNU Athletics Adds Two New Coaches
The Notre Dame de Namur University Athletic Department has hired two new coaches. The Argos brought in Angela Kristensen as the new women's basketball coach and former NDNU lacrosse player Kevin Arabejo as the new lacrosse coach.
Kristensen and Arabejo both look to turn around programs that are just a few years removed from winning seasons. Kristensen comes to NDNU from PacWest power Dixie State where she was very successful for seven seasons. She led the Red Storm to six straight winning seasons and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2010-11. The women's basketball team kicked off their season on November 8-9 in the Western Oregon Tournament.
Arabejo takes the helm of the lacrosse program after graduating from NDNU in 2011 with a standout season as a defenseman. Arabejo excelled at NDNU, earning All-Conference honors twice and was a two-time team captain. The Argos will take the field this spring with a 17 game schedule.
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