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Second annual NPCC Cage Club Golf Tournament

The event raised money for men's basketball team scholarships
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 10:54 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - River’s Edge Golf Course hosted the second annual NPCC Cage Club Golf Tournament Friday.

The event, which raised money for scholarships for the men’s basketball team, expanded to 23 teams this year, which was up from 15 teams a year ago.

“Last year we did our first annual golf tournament, this is our second annual, and we’re going to continue doing it each every year,” said John W. Smith, the tournament chairman. “It’s gotten bigger and bigger. It’s a beautiful day and we’re glad to be here and thank everybody for coming and participating.”

In addition to the golf tournament, there was an auction, with prizes including tickets to a Las Vegas Raiders game, Husker football and basketball tickets, new golf clubs, and more.

The money raised from the event will mostly go to covering room and board scholarships for the men’s basketball team.

“[The event] is real important, I’d say even critical,” said Knights head coach Kevin O’Connor. “Most people don’t understand that the men’s basketball team plays at the Division I level in the National Junior College Athletic Association, and any room and board aid that we can raise from this is used to supplement our scholarship program. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to compete with the other teams in Wyoming and Colorado, so it’s critical that this event took off like it did. It’s exceeded my wildest dreams from where I thought we’d be.”

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