‘The Memorial’ set for Oct. 12

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, October 3, 2012

AHOSKIE – The lives of local men whose names are synonymous with athletic success will be remembered here Oct. 12.

With a tee time of 1 p.m. on that day, Beechwood Country Club will host “The Memorial” – a golf tournament honoring the late Dan Herring and the late Elder White.

Herring, who spent 35 years as the PGA Pro at Beechwood, died June 1 at the age of 88. He was a PGA Golf professional for 66 years, having played in three U.S. Opens, making the cut at Baltusrol in St. Louis, MO in 1954 and the first U.S. Senior Open at Winged Foot in White Plains, NY in 1980, but was better known for his teaching and turf management ability and encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy golf.

Golf wasn’t his only interest as Herring was a U.S. Golden Glove boxing champion in the 127-pound weight class division in 1942, winning in Macon, GA. He was also a decorated WWII Army Air Force veteran, wounded in New Guinea.

Born in Colerain two days before Christmas in 1933, White was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1962 with the Chicago Cubs. As the Cubs starting shortstop, White shared the field with the likes of MLB Hall of Fame teammates Lou Brock, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo.

Returning home following his Major League career, White slipped back into the quiet life of northeastern North Carolina where he enjoyed family and playing golf. He died in Ahoskie on Nov. 16, 2010 at the age of 76.

“The Memorial” will be played as a four-person, Superball format. The entry fee is $250 per team, which includes six dinner tickets and golf carts. Prizes will be awarded for the low score in two flights.

To enter a foursome, call the Beechwood Pro Shop at 252-332-2905 no later than Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Those choosing not to play golf can attend the dinner for $12.50 per ticket. Tickets are available at all area Southern Bank locations.

A cash bar will be open. No personal coolers are allowed.