Meridian, Mississippi Neshoba County played hosted to one of the biggest charity events in the area on Thursday.
Roughly 170 golfers took part in the 12th annual Steve Hull Memorial Golf Classic on the Pearl River Resort. The longtime EMCC basketball coach died from a heart attack 13 years ago while playing golf, and the tournament raises scholarship money for his children and others.
There's no better way to pay tribute to the late Steve Hull than to take part in a golf tournament in his memory. After all, he loved the game! Family members tell Newscenter 11 it's been amazing to see how much the event has grown since its conception 12 years ago.
"And it was a natural fit being with the coaches tournament," Leslie Hull says. "And I think that's great being Steve was a coach and loved by all the coaches. It's just a great opportunity."
Previous tournaments have already helped fund the college education of his son Trexler, who graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in business administration and now works in Baton Rouge.
"Well to me, it means everything," Trexler Hull says. "I remember when I was a little kid, every year we would go to championship games. And you know, when he died, I lost that. And thanks to Lindsey and all the guys, I was able to get this back."
The Hull children aren't the only ones who will benefit from the tournament. Their mother Lisa has made it a goal to fund scholarships for those who are needy or interested in athletics. All the while furthering education. Pearl River Resort says it is proud to be part of the ongoing tradition.
"We're very happy to see another great turnout," Director of Golf Mark Powell said. "Probably our largest charity event in the entire area."
WTOK-TV Sports Director Lindsey Hall helped found the Steve Hull Memorial Classic after Hull's death. Organizers are already looking ahead to the 13th annual tournament.