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As athletic director for 11 years, Raver was a force behind Eastern's growth from NAIA affiliation to NCAA Division I status. Also a former head tennis coach, assistant men's basketball coach, and assistant and head baseball coach, he officially retired in 2000 but continued to assist the department with special events and fund-raising.
One of the events he created was this tournament. Harvest Foods and the EAA are proud to sponsor the continuation of this event held at Liberty Lake and Meadow Wood golf courses the last week of July or the first week of August each year.
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The Ron Raver Memorial Golf Classic was originally called the ‘Coaches Classic Golf Tournament’ and was largely considered a lead-in to the fall start of football. The tournament was the brainchild of Dick Zornes and Ron Raver. Ron was mostly responsible for the development and growth of the tournament that takes place today. After Ron’s passing, the tournament was renamed to honor him and the work he did to build it into the mega-event that it is. Ron nurtured a relationship with Buzz Bellessa of Harvest Foods who provides the golf tournament with roughly half of its 72 available sponsorships. This is one of the signature events that take place annually for the benefit of areas of greatest need within Eagle Athletics. Numerous volunteers collaborate to conduct the event which annually takes place in late July or Early August. The tournament annually has 250-300 people play of which 200 are sponsored foursomes.