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Three years after the drowning of Trevor Times, a tournament is being held in his honor that looks to give family, friends and teammates a chance to heal.
Times, a two-time All-State golfer at Jamestown, graduated from the high school in 2012 and was preparing to attend East Carolina University on a golf scholarship.
In May 2012, while attempting to swim to a sandbar about 75 yards offshore from the College Creek beach, which is notorious for strong rip tides, Times went underwater about halfway across and did not resurface.
As one of the premier high school golfers in Virginia, as well as a well-known and beloved golfer in the Historic Triangle, the death of Times weighed heavily on many in the community.
That’s why, three years after his death, family and friends are emotionally ready to honor his life and passion for golf with the Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held July 10 at the Williamsburg Golf Club.
Steve Hornsby, the founding owner of College Prep Golf Tour, has been working with Times’ mother, Dr. Virginia Wells, to help organize the tournament. College Prep Golf Tour is a junior golf tour that helps young golfers participate in tournaments where college coaches will be recruiting.
Hornsby said Times’ involvement in College Prep Golf Tour tournaments motivated him to get involved with the memorial tournament, helping to organize and promote the event. For Hornsby, who watched Times grow up as a player and person, the tournament holds a special place in his heart.
“I think the whole community was tragically impacted by the loss of Trevor,” he said. “He was such a great person first, and he was so great to other people. Three years ago when that all happened, a lot of people were crushed. I think this has the opportunity to take something that was tragically awful for all of us to create something that honors Trevor.”
As a tribute to Trevor’s participation in junior golf tournaments, the Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament will bring together junior golfers and amateur players together on the course.
Teams of four amateurs will compete in a captain’s choice format, in which all players on a team hit a shot and, as a group, choose which shot to count toward the team’s final score.
Each amateur team will be paired with a junior golfer, who will play his or her own ball. Each team will score the better of the four amateurs’ scores or the junior golfer’s score on a given hole.
The junior golfers competing in the Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament will also gain entry to the Williamsburg Club Championship, which will take place July 11 and 12 after the memorial tournament.
The Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament is expected to draw former golfers from the area, including Times’ former teammates from his time at Jamestown. Hornsby said he has received inquiries about the tournament from as far away as Chicago.
Jamestown golf coach Doug Meredith, a member of the Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament committee and Times’ golf coach at Jamestown, said reuniting with former players will help assist in the healing process.
“His peer group back in the day, most of those players will be back participating, as well as some from other schools,” Meredith said. “That part is going to be really nice. I’ll be playing with some of my players from that peer group. It’s going to be a good time for me and a good healing process for me to play with them.”
All proceeds from the tournament will go into the Trevor Times Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is headed by Times’ mother.
The scholarship fund gives money to organizations that reflect Times’ passions as a golfer, including the Williamsburg Community Foundation, the East Carolina University Educational Foundation and the First Tee, which helps underprivileged golfers participate in the sport.
The tournament is accepting registrations online until July 7, with various price points depending on age. Students in college, high school or lower can enter the tournament for $100, while adults can sign up for $200.
Anyone interested in joining as a corporate sponsor can field a team of four players for $1,000. Multiple sponsorship levels are also available, including hole sponsorships and award reception sponsorships, among others.
Entry fees for the tournament go a long way, providing participants with access to the Williamsburg Golf Club driving range in the morning, a golf clinic featuring local PGA professionals, a putting contest, lunch, entry for the tournament and access to awards reception following the action on the course.
In all, the Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament looks to promote positivity through golf, Times’ favorite sport. And for those most affected by Times’ death, the tournament will not only go a long way in helping mend broken hearts, but also in preserving his memory and legacy around the Williamsburg area.
“I think it’ll help everybody,” Meredith said of the tournament. “It’s taken this long to do this because the loss was that great. We didn’t know how to deal with that loss. I think we’re all in a position, including Trevor’s parents, to do this and do it right.”
To learn more about the Playing for Trevor Memorial Golf Tournament or to register for the tournament, click here.