Golf tournament on Tuesday to raise money for Emily Clothier Scholarship Fund
Golfers will tee off for the second annual Golf Tournament for the Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.
The proceeds from the tournament go to the Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was created to make skiing and snowboarding more affordable for young athletes.
“I want to give it to people who have aspirations to learn to race,” said Steve Clothier, Emily’s father. “People who take racing serious but can not afford it.”
The scholarship is in memory of Emily, who died in a skiing accident March 20, 2008 after hitting a tree while training with the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation team. She was 14 and a member of the foundation for eight years.
“We are doing this because Emily was pretty special. … A life a cut short was not a life unfulfilled,” Clothier said. “She touched a lot of lives and she still touches a lot of lives, and I want to keep her name going to help the skiing community.”
Clothier said he has raised about $20,000 for the scholarship fund and has helped multiple athletes with equipment, travel and other skiing expenses.
Clothier said he chose the date because it used to be when the annual Steamers Bar and Grill Tournament was played, and he wanted to continue the tradition, but in Emily’s name.
He said that when Steamers changed owners, it stopped putting on the tournament. The new owners, Dennis and Kelly Sheehan, sponsor this tournament, and Clothier said that they got involved when he was at the grill for lunch and casually asked the Sheehans why the tournament stopped, and if he could take it over.
Last year, the golf tournament attracted 44 four-person teams, including representatives from Mammoth Mountain, Heavenly, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly.
“It was just a great gathering of the community,” said Bill Smaine, who attended the event last year and is a coach for the Heavenly Ski Foundation. “Everybody was out there for the cause. We got together on the course in her memory. It was a great all-day celebration for Emily.”
Clothier said that so far he has not had as many people sign up for this year’s tournament.
“Last year, we had too many foursomes, and this year everyone is financially strapped,” Clothier said. “We have to forget about the economy for a day and have fun for a good cause.”
The tournament is still accepting sign-ups, and the tournament fee is $120, which includes a T-shirt, green fees, range balls and a barbecue put on by Steamers.
For more information go to Emilyclothier.org or call Steamers at (530)-541-8818.
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