First, John Neher, a former three-sport star athlete for the Phantoms in football, wrestling and baseball, lost a three-year battle with cancer on Aug. 23.
Then John's father, Gary, lost a 10-month battle with lung cancer on Oct. 26.
Both were active people with a deep love of sports. Gary had a passion for golf. Both were respected by fellow teammates and friends.
In order to perpetuate their memories, the 1st Annual Neher Memorial Golf Scramble has been organized for Friday, May 14, at the Kimberton Golf Club. There is a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
Cost is $75 per person and $300 per foursome. Money is due by April 30, 2004.
The fee includes golf cart, beer on the course, hot dog and soda, beer and buffet dinner following the tournament at Italian Club in Phoenixville.
Cash prizes are $400, $200 and $100, with two long-drive holes and two closest-to-the-pin par 3 for $25. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with tickets sold on the course during the event.
All proceeds will be donated in the name of the Nehers and will go toward further cancer research.
David Gulati, Alec Aronow, Mike Godri and Chris Buchler are the main promoters for the golf tournament. Aronow can be called toll free at 1-866-774-0175, Godri on his cell phone at 610-495-9375 and Buchler at 610-970-3093. Buchler can also be reached by e-mail at Buchler5@comcast.net.
Flyers have been distributed throughout the community. Company sponsors are being sought for golf holes with plastic signs (18 x 24 inches), tournament name and advertisements.
"It is our goal to have a minimum of 18 foursomes the first year, and grow the tournament year after year," Gulati said.
Checks should be made payable to the JN Memorial Fund, 77 Pinehurst Drive, Sanatoga, Pa.; 19464. The tournament will be played as scheduled, rain or shine.
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Barry Sankey covers a variety of sports as a staff writer for The Phoenix. He can be reached at email@example.com.