Memorial golf outing celebrates 10th anniversary

| August 27, 2013

COSHOCTON – Keely Jo Maxwell was a great athlete and a very caring individual. Unfortunately, her life was cut short in March 2004 when she died in a crash on Country Road 16 at the age of 17.

“We wanted to do something to save Keely’s memory,” said Judy Maxwell, Keely’s grandmother. “We knew that growing up and as a teenager she was ready and willing to jump in and help if someone had a problem.”

Judy and the rest of Keely’s family decided the best way to remember her and help others would be to have a memorial golf outing that raises funds for scholarships. The 10th annual Keely Maxwell Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, Sept. 15 at Hickory Flats golf course. It will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start, and will feature a red, white and blue format.

Mark Everhart is a regular at the tournament.

“It’s fun to play in because of the people,” he said “All of the Maxwells are just really super, good people.”

Everhart never has a problem getting people to come play with him.

“It’s something everybody looks forward to playing in every year,” he said. “When I tell people it’s coming up and ask if they want to play they always tell me to put them in.”

Debbie Finnell always looks forward to having a team in the tournament.

“It’s very well organized and the money goes to a good cause,” she said. “I make sure to mark my calendar for it.”

Twenty plus scholarships have been given out in memory of Keely since the tournament began.

“We started by giving them only at Coshocton, but then we switched to giving them at each of the three school districts because we have golfers play from the different districts,” Judy said. “It feels good to be able to provide a little bit of help to kids that want to go on to college. This scholarship just might make the difference between someone going or not going to college.”

Entry fee for the tournament is $65 per person, which includes skins, 50-50 and mulligans, hot dogs at the turn and dinner after completion of the tournament. Payout will be $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third, based on a minimum of 30 teams entered. Deadline for entry in the tournament is Saturday, Sept. 7. For information, contact Judy at 622-0398.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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