History of the Tug Valour Memorial Golf Tournament
A few weeks after the devastating loss of the Tug Valour and the lives of three of our co-workers, Fred Brenner, Ron Emory and Richard Smoot, the Tug Valour Memorial Golf Tournament was conceived. The first tournament was held in April of 2006 at Summerfield Golf Course.
The initial Tournament was conducted to raise money for the families of our lost coworkers. The tournament was sold out in a few weeks and 36,000.00 was collected and distributed to the families. The next two years, the same results. It was becoming evident that the event was becoming more popular and was outgrowing the friendly confines of the Golf Course.
Year four the event was moved to Eagle Golf Course to accommodate more golfers and sponsors. It was decided that the funds collected would now be used for an apprenticeship program to help young adults follow the same vocation as Fred, Ron and Rick. 180 golfers attended and even more money was raised. The Tournament was growing by leaps and bounds. No one could foresee, how huge and successful this event would become.
The Tournament was moved to Lake Jovita Golf Club and the money raised was also expanded to Scholarships to 5 of the nation’s Maritime Academies. In April of 2014 the event was attended by over 250 golfers. In the past nine years, 700,000.00 dollars has been raised and 17 Apprenticeship and 51 Scholarships have been awarded.
In the future we hope the Tournament continues to flourish and to make the funds available for young men and women to begin a life in the Merchant Marines. A life that would make, Fred , Ron and Rick proud of and to continue to memorialize their memories.