It’s not about golf, although anyone who knew the late Cooper Hudnutt, former publisher of The Gazette and its sister newspaper, The Chronicle-Telegram, can tell you the man loved to play the game.
He did so weekly with friends at the Elyria Country Club.
Still, organizers of the third annual A. Cooper Hudnutt Golf Memorial tournament want attendees to enjoy the game but remember the purpose behind the party.
“Coop was an avid reader who believed in education,’” said organizer Ron Fain of the Buckeye Academy of Golf. “He was well known to support a lot of schools in the area because he believed in what education could do for children.”
In that regard, proceeds from this year’s golf outing will be donated to the Cooper Hudnutt Memorial Journalism Scholarship. The fund awards scholarships to Lorain County students who are chosen after submitting an essay and are exemplary high school students.
The four-person scramble outing will be Aug. 8 at Elyria Country Club, 41625 Oberlin-Elyria Road. Lunch will be served 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner and awards will follow the outing. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be handed out.
Golfers may participate in a 50/50 drawing, pin shots on a couple holes, a hole-on-one contest for a car, longest drive, longest putt, and team skins game.
The outing and scholarship program began in 2011 after Hudnutt’s death November 2010.
Hudnutt is best known as the publisher of The Chronicle-Telegram and former president of the board of Lorain County Printing and Publishing Co., which operates The Chronicle and various print, radio and online properties, including The Gazette, where Hudnutt also once served as publisher.
To participate or for more information, call Fain at (440) 479-9880.
Contact reporter Lisa Roberson at (440) 329-7121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.