Four years after Joe Dumphy’s untimely passing, his spirit lives on in a charity golf tournament that provides scholarship opportunities for local students.
On June 27, 2015, Dumphy, a rising sophomore at North Forsyth High School, was injured in a car accident outside Chestatee Golf Club on Ga. 400. After a month in the hospital trying to recovery from his injuries, the 15-year-old and promising golf standout died on July 26, 2015, donating five vital organs to save others.
Dumphy’s parents, Charley and Deb Dumphy, along with his sister Olivia, started the Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) charity that recognizes local college-bound high school seniors who emulate Dumphy’s character, citizenship, faith-based attitude and sense of giving.
The fifth annual Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 7 at Chestatee Golf Club at 777 Dogwood Way in Dawsonville.
The $125 tournament fee includes greens and cart fee, breakfast, lunch and a dessert bar.
A 50/50 raffle will also be held during the luncheon. There will be contests for men and women’s longest drives and closest-to-the-pin prizes on all par 3 holes. A special hole-in-one prize on 17 (where Dumphy had a hole-in-one) will be a one-year car lease donated by Atlanta Classic Cadillac/Subaru.
In its four years of existence, the foundation has provided more than $15,000 in local scholarships between 2016 and 2017. In 2018, in what would have been Dumphy’s senior year, the memorial fund surpassed its record by providing $17,000 to local athletes.
At minimum, the scholarship board will award a $5,000 college scholarship to one local college-bound high school senior in Dawson or Forsyth County and additional scholarships to other deserving high school seniors in any county in Georgia.
Anyone interested in playing can call Chestatee Golf Club at (706) 216-7336 to register as a single or foursome.