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The 12th annual O'Brien Open benefiting the Seattle U men's basketball program takes place Monday, Sept....
Courtesy: Seattle University
12th Annual O’Brien Open Set for Monday, Sept. 8
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  08/06/2014

The 12th annual O’Brien Open, a fundraising golf event presented by Copiers Northwest, will take place Monday, Sept. 8, at The Golf Course at Redmond Ridge.

This year’s event will serve as a celebration of Seattle University men’s basketball and the life of Eddie O’Brien, who passed away last February. Proceeds from the O’Brien Open benefit the Redhawk men’s basketball program.

The entry fee is $175 per player and includes greens fees, a cart, range balls, a Seattle U hat, a sleeve of golf balls, lunch, and dinner. In addition, the registration fee enables participants to participate in the Chaplin Auto Hole-in-One Challenge as well as an additional hole-in-one $10,000 prize split, and each golfer will receive two tickets to the Nov. 21 men’s collegiate basketball game between Seattle University and the University of Washington at KeyArena.

The annual fundraising event is named in honor of Ed and John O’Brien, twins who propelled the Seattle University basketball team into the national spotlight in the 1950s. Johnny became the first collegiate player to ever score 1,000 points in a single season, tallying 1,051 points in 1951-52. Ed guided the Seattle U offense from the point guard position, plus he scored 530 points during the 1952-53 season, helping the team reach the NCAA Tournament.

The O’Briens were two-sport stars at Seattle U, helping the baseball team reach the 1952 NCAA Tournament. Together, they played for the Pittsburgh Pirates before returning to Seattle to follow various pursuits, with Ed serving as athletic director for 22 years. Ed’s number three and John’s number four are retired by both the baseball and men’s basketball teams at the school, and they both have continuously given generously to the university and Seattle community.

Registration is available online by going to the Seattle U Athletics website at www.GoSeattleU.com/special-events. For more information on participating in the tournament or sponsorship opportunities, contact John Dougherty, Athletics Development Officer, at 206-296-2829 or dougherj@seattleu.edu.

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