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Golf tourney raises scholarship funds for HHS athletes

CONYERS - Registration is open for golfers interested in participating in the second annual Eric Longfellow Memorial Golf Tournament at Cherokee Run Golf Club on June 7.

The tournament, which raises money for a scholarship given to a deserving student athlete from Heritage High School, was founded as a way to memorialize the contributions to the Heritage athletic program made by Eric Longfellow, a 1984 graduate of HHS. According to the golf tournament's Web site (www.ericlongfellow.com), Longfellow played football and baseball at HHS and continued his athletic pursuits while a scholarship student at Vanderbilt University. After graduation, Longfellow returned to Conyers and continued to contribute to the athletic programs at Heritage.

Longfellow was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 34, according to his brother, Kris Longfellow, and lost his battle with the illness six years later at the age of 40.

Kris Longfellow said the coaches at Heritage came up with the idea of having a golf tournament to benefit a scholarship fund in Eric's name. The scholarship is awarded to an HHS student athlete who best reflects Longfellow's principles and values. Last year, the tournament raised $7,000 to contribute to the college education of HHS baseball player Brent Allen at Darton College in Albany.

Recipients of the scholarship are nominated by the coaches at Heritage, and final selection is made through an interview process with Kris Longfellow and his mother, Conyers resident Judith Longfellow.

Kris Longfellow said the tournament drew 90 participants last year, and he is hoping for more this year.

Tournament activities begin June 6, with a pre-event reception at Whistle Post Tavern in Olde Town from 6 to 9 p.m.

The tournament tees off June 7, with registration and a breakfast buffet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. A cookout and awards ceremony take place immediately following the tournament.

The cost of participation is $125 per golfer. Players should register in advance by going to www.ericlongfellow.com.