Bobby Cox and wife Pam help friends raise scholarship money.
CUMMING, Ga. -- Future Hall of Famer Bobby Cox figured he'd have more time to play golf now that he's not managing the Braves, but his involvement in the Daniel Hager Memorial Scholarship Celebrity Golf Tournament is more work than play.
Cox and wife Pam are good friends with Gerry and Kaye Litzinger. Kaye's son, Daniel Hager, was killed in an auto accident back in 2005. As she worked through the grief, she wanted to find a way to memorialize Daniel. He was a Georgia Tech graduate, with a masters degree, and he loved the school.
When the two families were vacationing together in Mexico, Kaye mentioned the situation and talked about a fundraising golf tournament to provide scholarship money for incoming freshmen at Georgia Tech. Bobby's response: "I'm all in." Bobby and Kaye are co-chairpersons of the event.
He helps recruit celebrity players for the event at Polo Golf and Country Club in Cumming. Steve Bartkowski, Phil Niekro, Fredi Gonzalez, and Javy Lopez were just a few of the luminaries. In just its fourth year, the event has provided 13 scholarships with seven more to be handed out next spring.
The students come from high schools in Forsyth, East Cherokee and North Fulton counties. The tournament works with the Georgia Tech alumni association who actually selects the winners from the applicants.
Rivalries end where a mother's love and friendship takes over. Litzinger has many UGA friends who help with the event, as it takes between 60 and 70 volunteers to get it done.
"We pull for UGA except when they're playing Georgia Tech," she said.
Everyone pulls for someone who tries to create a positive legacy like this one.