A great day for golf as Hickory Hills in Eau Claire played host to the Annual Old Abe Golf Outing sponsored by the Eau Claire Memorial Booster Club.
The headlining golfer today, legendary basketball coach Dick Bennett who returned to Eau Claire from his days as the head boys coach for the Old Abes. He later went on to coach UW-Stevens point, UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Washington State, before retiring after the 2005/06 season.
Bennett shared his memories of his time here in the Chippewa Valley, and also gave some insight on who should be the next Badgers head basketball coach: “I’ve always loved this city. It was a good place, certainly was a springboard for me. I just enjoyed everything about it; the teaching, the coaching, the living, so it’s good to be back. We are particularly partial to people who are very loyal and Wisconsin has a very loyal assistant in Greg Gard. I would love to see him get a shot, and my son (Tony Bennett) feels the same way about it.”
Around one-hundred and twenty golfers accompanied Bennett on the course including former athletes, boosters and faculty. Current Memorial Old Abes and teachers assisted the event today by loading the carts and checking in the golfers
All of today’s proceeds go towards the Old Abes Booster Club which helps fund the Eau Claire Memorial Athletic Department. “It’s really neat to see everybody who at some point has touched Memorial and that’s probably the neat part about it. All the money, everything that goes on here goes right back to our athletics program. Coach Bennett speaks for himself. Just who he is and the man he is, even above coaching is remarkable. To have him be able to come back and still say he’s an Old Abe and was an Old Abe at one point is pretty neat.”
“It’s great to be out here, it’s great we got a good day and it’s been sold out for two months I think, I hear so, that’s awesome for Eau Claire Booster Club. It’s good to be out here and reminisce. They say high school is the best four years of your life for a reason.”