Tragedy Strikes Pro Golf, College Golf
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/10/13
Two very unwelcome pieces of news involve the world of golf today.
First, the PGA Tour announced yesterday afternoon that the popular Boo Weekley has withdrawn from this week's off-season event, the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Both his grandfather and an uncle passed away in the last ten days.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Boo during this difficult time," said Taylor Ives, Franklin Templeton Shootout Tournament Director. "We know he was very close with both of these gentlemen. Without question he needs to be with his family at this time."Substituting for Weekley at the Shootout will be Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, who will partner with Retief Goosen.
Especially unwelcome is news of the death of University of North Florida sophomore Tess Huber, who was a member of last year's inaugural UNF Osprey women's golf team. Huber made the highly unusual commitment to the golf team last year because, according to UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon, she wanted to be part of an emerging program — and even wrote the university a letter saying as much.
Huber, her 17-year-old sister Abby, and her father Michael, a dentist in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, were all killed in the crash of Dr. Huber's Cessna 310 near Craig Municipal Airport outside Jacksonville on Sunday evening.
The athletic department held what was supposed to be a golf fundraiser at Deerwood Country Club in Jacksonville. Not surprisingly, the Osprey men's golf team also attended the event, which in future years will be called the Tess Huber Memorial Golf Tournament. Initial plans also include a scholarship in Huber's name, intended for prospective students from south Florida.
Among Huber's accomplishments were carding the first-ever below-par score in team history and having the best scoring average. According to Huber's university bio page she was a Business Management major.
To say that our sympathetic thoughts and prayers are with the entire Weekley and Huber families, their friends, and the student-athletes at the University of North Florida, should be obvious.
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