Meridian Star

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May 30, 2014

Slots still open for Hull golf tourney

MERIDIAN — Locals will have a chance to play a little golf and raise money for a good cause June 11 at the 2014 Steve Hull Memorial Golf Classic.

Former West Lauderdale High School and East Mississippi Community College Steve Hull died at the age of 39 in October 2001 from a massive heart attack. He died doing what he loved — playing golf.

Hull left behind a wife and two children: his son, Trex, and his daughter, Baleigh. What started out as the WTOK golf tournament was changed to the Steve Hull classic, with funds being raised to get Hull’s children through college. Since 2002, more than $25,000 has been raised with the help of several local businesses and many golfers.

“When Steve died, we basically renamed the tournament after him,” tournament director Lindsey Hall said. “We sent one kid through school (Trex), and the other one is starting at West Alabama this fall.”

The classic will take place at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Course on the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia. The format will be a four-person scramble with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will be flighted with prizes going to the top three teams in each flight.

“As of (Thursday), 42 teams have signed up,” Hall said. “We’d probably max out at 50. We usually average 40 teams, but this year the response has been better than usual.”

The tournament will also recognize a local coach with the Buddy Faulkner Coaches Award. Faulkner, a Meridian native and former EMCC and Mississippi State student, was a friend of Hull’s. He died in an automobile accident several years ago, and the award was created in his honor.

With both of Hull’s children’s college tuition paid for, Hall said the tournament would shift in focus in the future. The goal is to raise money for an annual scholarship to a qualified student in the area.

“We want it to be for kids who really need the scholarship,” Hall said.

The cost is $600 per person, or $150 per individual. The fee is tax-deductible and includes golf, lunch, a T-shirt, goody bag and door prizes. There will also be a hospitality room at the presidential suite at the Silver Star Hotel and Casino beginning at 7 p.m. June 10, the night before the tournament.

“It’s a great bargain,” Hall said. “You could come play golf at the Dancing Rabbit and buy a six-pack of beer, and it would cost you $150. For this, you get so much more (for your money).”

The deadline to enter the tournament is June 6. For more information, or to register, call Hall at 601-703-2091.

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