First Annual Sadler Golf Classic Set

The First Annual Doc Sadler Golf Classic will get underway on Wednesday, June 13, with teams teeing off at Noon at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course. The event is being hosted by the Rebounders Club in conjunction with the Nebraska Athletic Department and serves as the premier summer fundraiser for the Husker basketball booster club.

According to Rebounders Club president Paul Garnett, the team limit of 30 foursomes was quickly oversubscribed, as interest in the event was overwhelming.

"We expected to have good support and everyone got behind this event quickly," Garnett said. "The ‘team' participation was unparalleled and we actually had to turn down some foursomes because we had such a positive response."

The Rebounders Club has invited back former players and coaches to try to add to each foursome. Following the event, the participants will have a steak dinner and can join in an auction of Husker items and various memorabilia. All proceeds from the golf event and auction will go toward supporting the men's basketball program at Nebraska.

"The focus was to bring back the past and link it with the present while looking toward the future," Garnett said. "Coach Sadler's willingness to invite back former players and coaches was very well received. There were a lot of other players who could not make it back this year because of distance to travel and the mid-week playing time, but they still support this event. We've already started to look at next year and ways to make it easier for even more former players to participate and really continue to bring the program back together."

Among the former Huskers who are expected back for the event this week are NBA veterans Eric Piatkowski, Erick Strickland and Dave Hoppen, along with Chuck Jura, Bruce Chubick, Troy Piatkowski, Brendy Lee, Alan Nissen, Henry T. Buchanan, Beau Reid, Andy Markowski, Terry Novak, Steve Erwin, Kent Reckewey, Jerry Shoecraft, Andrew Drevo, John Turek and Jake Muhleisen. Other former Huskers may also participate depending on resolution of scheduling issues.

Former Nebraska coach Danny Nee, who won more games (254) than any other Husker mentor in his 14 years on the bench, will also return to Lincoln to play in the event. Former Nee assistant coaches Gary Bargen, who currently works as an Assistant Athletic Director at Nebraska, and Jeff Smith, the head boys coach at Lincoln Southeast, will also compete in the golf outing.

"This is a great event to help raise awareness of the men's basketball at Nebraska," Garnett said. "We want people to understand that the Rebounders Club is here as a support arm of the basketball program. Hopefully friends of the program and fans in general will recognize what's going on and join in to support the team."

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