Cadrez golf tourney moves to San Felipe

May 20, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

The annual Glenn Cadrez Celebrity Golf Classic is moving to San Felipe in 2004, according to tournament founder Glenn Cadrez.

Cadrez, an El Centro native and linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, will move his tournament to the El Dorado Ranch in San Felipe. After buying property there earlier this year Cadrez was approached by El Dorado Ranch sales representatives about taking the golf classic south of the border.

"We have property in San Felipe and I saw the ranch one day and I started talking to their people about possibly moving the tournament down there," said Cadrez. "It's going to take about two years for everything to be complete to move the tournament there, but once we do, we'll see how it works out."

El Dorado Ranch officials will build the golf course on which the tournament will be played. Cadrez said the course will not be ready until 2004.


Cadrez's tournament started at Del Rio Country Club in Brawley, where it was staged the first two years. After logistical conflicts, Cadrez said, the tournament was moved to Palm Springs.

While there were some conflicts with local sponsors about moving the tournament out of the Valley and questions about whether money being raised would be kept locally, the golf tournament in Palm Springs turned out to be the highest-grossing in the event's three-year history. Money raised from the tournament was donated to Brawley Police Activities League and the Tracey Biletnikoff Foundation for battered and abused women.

Cadrez, however, thinks the move to San Felipe could prove more beneficial.

"We're actually hoping that it will be more successful than the one we had in Palm Springs. I think it can be," said Cadrez. "It's going to satisfy everything just like the last one did and I'm sure we can get more (celebrities) there because it could be like another vacation for them."

Cadrez will host an informational dinner discussing El Dorado Ranch property at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Coyote Wells in El Centro.

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