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August 17, 2002
Memorial Golf Tournament
Tournament Photos

The first Annual Barden Benner Carter Memorial Golf Tournament was held August 17, 2002 at Boston Hills Country Club in Boston Heights, raising over $12,000. The Tournament supports the Barden Benner Carter Memorial Fund, which provides college scholarships to graduating Cleveland Heights seniors and supports the area youth and high school hockey teams. The fund is established in the honor of Kyle Barden (16), Brendon Benner (18) and Milton Carter Jr. (18); all three were involved in a fatal auto accident on February 11, 2001. Each year, the families of Kyle, Brendon and Milton award three college scholarships in their honor. The Memorial Fund has awarded $8,500 in scholarships to six students and this year, sent one Cleveland Heights hockey player to goalie camp.

The golf tournament sold out within a short time after announcing the event. We were astonished and very grateful for the turnout. We had a full golf course of players and a beautiful day for a golf tournament. The golf outing was an excellent time to get friends and families together. There were also a number of family teams playing together. Many golfers came from northeastern Ohio and others from surrounding states. One of the golfers was Ron Harper, former NBA player and winner of five Championship rings.

The funds that were raised came from company sponsorships and individual donations. There were signs designating company sponsors displayed throughout the golf course. Each golfer has an opportunity to review the sponsorís sign before playing though to the next hole. The Bowne Printing company was the Tournament Title Sponsor. Classic Lexus of Mentor donated the use of a brand new Lexus automobile to use as a hole-in-one prize. If a player was to make a hole in one, that golfer would win the car and drive it home. No one made it, but we all hoped that someone would. Other sponsors were: the new Cleveland Force, Realty One, Cole National, Nottingham-Spirk, Progressive Insurance, Rubin Guttman and Associates, Guardian Auto Glass, Real Estate Mortgage Corp., Watson Wyatt, Breen & Fox, Cleveland Height Teachers Union, Cleveland Heights Alumni, The Gentile Family, Westside Automotive Group-Land Rover, Yanish Brother Construction, Unity Church of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Browns and many other area contributors.

We also offered a putting contest, skill contests and a silent auction. After golf, lunch and then more golf, the Boston Hills Country Club staff served a wonderful dinner and skill awards were presented.

We have a great number of people to be thankful to for helping make this an exciting and memorable event for all of us.

For more information and photos go to and or call Bill Benner @ 361-2816

Tournament Photos Click here for more photos

Greg Lewis, Alexa Lewis and Steven Towers pick up the awards for the winning team. Other members of the team were Ron Harper and Randy Ford.

Ron Harper and Steven Towers putt on the ninth green.

Andrew West tees off on the Classic Lexus Hole-In-One Challenge.

Kirk Guenther acknowledges the crowd after sinking a 60-foot putt. Brian Franck, winner of the Realty One Putting Contest.

This baseball autographed by Omar Vizquel was among the items in the auction.


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