Friday, May 29, 2015

Brad Daluiso Golf Classic drops the balls; raises funds for Grossmont College athletics

It rained buckets at this month’s Brad Daluiso Golf Classic – not raindrops, but golf balls – raising $23,000 for the annual benefit tournament for the Grossmont College athletics program.

Hosted for the past 12 years by Daluiso, a Grossmont College alum and former NFL kicker, the May 1 golf tournament featured its first-ever helicopter golf ball drop. More than 1,200 balls purchased by donors were dropped from a chopper hovering about 50 feet above Willow Glen Golf Course at Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort.


The lucky winner of the $1,000 prize whose numbered ball landed in hole No. 1 was Dale Wilson, president of D.W. Tower, a wireless communications construction firm in North County. Winning the prize for furthest away from the hole – a baby Taylor acoustic guitar --was Steve Schneider, a principal with Lyons Warren Engineers + Architects in San Diego. He was part of team representing the Liverpool Soccer Club, a youth soccer organization based in La Mesa.




“It was great – I would hope we can do the ball drop again next year,” said Daluiso, who was among the more than 90 golfers who played the tournament. “I have been hosting this benefit for a dozen years now because it’s for such a worthy cause. My mom was a teacher at Grossmont College for more than 30 years, I got my start in football there, and for that, I will always remain a loyal supporter.”


Daluiso played football at Grossmont College until he graduated in 1988, and then went on to UCLA for two years before beginning his career in the National Football League.


He played the bulk of his career for the New York Giants and capped eight seasons in 2000 as the team’s all-time most accurate kicker and the second-leading scorer in the team’s history. After playing in two Super Bowls, he retired from football in 2001.


In 2012, Daluiso was selected as one of five outstanding community college alumni in the state by the Community College League of California. These days, Daluiso works for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Grossmont College Athletics Director Jim Spillers, left, and Grossmont College alum and former NFL kicker Brad Daluiso.

The golf classic has raised more than $200,000 for Grossmont College Athletics and Exercise Science and Wellness programs. The event is sponsored by the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, the nonprofit organization that supports students, faculty and staff at both colleges through scholarships and educational equipment, supplies and programs. Daluiso is a member of the foundation’s board of directors.


“Annually, proceeds from the Brad Daluiso Golf Classic help the athletics department to provide the best competitive experience possible for our student athletes,” said Grossmont College Athletic Director Jim Spillers. “These funds are often used to offset unexpected program needs throughout the academic year and we are very thankful to Brad Daluiso and the Foundation for allowing us to be the primary beneficiary for this fantastic annual event.”


For more information about the foundation, go to http://foundation.gcccd.edu/

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