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FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT CARNAHAN
Director of Athletics
Many times as Athletic Director, I’m faced with perplexing situations that constitute making a decision that will not be favorable to all concerned for a variety of reasons.
Changing the format and venue of the Wildcat Open is a bit of a leap of faith. The vision and reason for the change is to make the Wildcat Open more attractive and available to Portland-area residents while enjoying the enhanced benefits that two premier golf courses provide.
Speaking specifically about this year’s Wildcat Open, someone recently told me, “I am old and I hate change.”
I am old also and I have enjoyed all the previous Wildcat Opens. One major change is that the team size is reduced to four golfers per team. I personally have played in a group of five for several years so it was difficult to agree to move to the recommendation of playing in groups of four, but providing an extra cart for each five-player group was an added expense and trying to reduce the time to play the round was also a consideration.
It is my hope that you will support this decision and make plans to be with us at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club on Friday, July 12. We have two fantastic 18-hole courses reserved. In order for the tournament to be a success, we need your participation.
When it was originated many years ago, the Wildcat Open had two purposes in mind: To provide a robust opportunity for alumni and friends of Linfield Athletics to gather to renew friendships, and, to act as a fund-raiser for unbudgeted needs within the department. Proceeds from the Wildcat Open are called upon throughout the year as needed to supplement operation of all programs within the Athletic Department.
As our department’s needs grow, it becomes necessary to generate more revenue from the Open. It is my hope that those who have historically played in the Open will continue to participate annually. Moving to The Reserve in Aloha opens the door for greater corporate sponsorship, added excitement and a broader spectrum of friends and alumni.
Register online and look for a reminder in your mailbox later this spring.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Scott Carnahan ‘73
Director of Athletics