SIKESTON -- For the third straight year, friends and family of William Heath Self will be gathering on the golf course in honor of the former Sikeston athlete to remember "Willy Heath," have a bit of fun, and provide a chance for a Sikeston High School athlete to earn a scholarship in Self's name.
"Heath really touched a lot of lives," tournament director Josh Mills said. "He always had a smile on his face and you could tell he was filled with the love of Jesus Christ. This tournament kind of gives us a time to reflect on his life and, at the same time, just have fun."
The 3rd Annual Heath Self Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament is set to take place on July 31 at the Sikeston Country Club. In it's three years as a golf tournament, Mills estimates that the event has raised just under $15,000 with the proceeds going directly towards the Heath Self Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded to a Sikeston High School graduate that has been involved in three sports, just as Self was.
Self, who tragically passed away in 2004 after being involved in a motorcycle accident, was a starting center fielder, a starting quarterback his senior year and was a forward for the Sikeston Bulldog basketball team.
"It seemed like every sport he touched he was good at," said Mills. "It's nice to see that the scholarship goes to someone that best represents what he was about."
Last year's recipients were Eli Jackson and Josh Carlyle.
The four-man scramble tournament is the sight for many of Self's friends and family members to share their fondest memories as well as any golf enthusiast who wants to take part in a friendly game. A meal and raffle will follow the tournament which includes chances of winning prizes such as a Sky Caddie and numerous Ping items.
"It's all in fun," Mills said. "People that come out really get to remember what Heath's life was about and that's kind of why we started this. We expecting another good turnout."
Registration for the event will begin at noon on July 31 with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Entry fees will be $200 a team with a $25 cart fee if needed. Please register for carts by July 21. For additional information, contact Josh Mills at 258-0730 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.