Since having a successful inaugural event in 2010, the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament has returned every summer to raise money for scholarships – and will do so again next month.
The Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at Cole Park at Fort Campbell, Ky. The entry fee of $400 includes dinner, auction and scholarship presentation at 6 p.m., Friday, July 12 at the Bud Barn off Exit 19 on Interstate 24 and lunch at noon both days at Cole Park.
The scramble will consist of four-person teams and begin at 8 a.m. both days. Each team may include any combination of men, women, sons or daughters. Prizes will be awarded.
Non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner. Tickets are $15 for individual and $25 for couples.
The Fisher golf tourney is an endowment to benefit dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., with scholarships to attend APSU. Alexis Eldridge, the 2012-13 scholarship recipient, said the award helped her in numerous ways.
“By receiving the Mickey Fisher Memorial Scholarship, I was able to quit my job and focus 100 percent on school,” said Eldridge, a biology major who plans to graduate from APSU in 2016. “It was a total honor to receive this scholarship, and I know I have to work that much harder to honor it.”
Fisher’s wife, Mary Fisher, taught Eldridge at Barksdale Elementary School in Clarksville.
“She was always an outgoing, energetic and academically superior child,” she said. “It delights me to no end that she is still that very way, only as a young adult attending college.”
The 2013-14 scholarship will be awarded to the selected beneficiary at the dinner July 12.
Fisher, a Clarksville native, taught in the Fort Campbell Independent School System for 33 years as a teacher and coach. As a student at Clarksville High School, he participated on both the basketball and golf teams. He added to his sports legacy on the APSU Governors basketball court.
He died at the end of the summer in 2009, only weeks after retiring.
“The Mickey Fisher Memorial Scholarship is so very special to me because out of this tragic loss, we have something very positive – a chance to help a young citizen of our community advance academically at one of the most superior postsecondary schools in the state as well as the country, Austin Peay,” Mary Fisher, also an APSU alumna, said.
For more information about the Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament, call the APSU Office of Advancement, 931-221-7024, or Ed Sneed Jr., tournament chair, 931-905-0050. - Dr. Melony Shemberger