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SAM CORLEY


The Golf Club at Star Fort will host the second Sam Corley Memorial Golf Tournament on March 25 to honor the late Corley and the impact he had on the Ninety Six community.

“He gave to the community all of his life,” said Ann Carol Corley, Sam Corley’s widow. “The community has given him so much, and that’s why he gave back to the community. He loved Ninety Six so very much.”

The tournament will start with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, and the format will be a four-player captain’s choice. Entry will cost $200 per team or $50 per person.

All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the Sam Corley Scholarship Fund at Ninety Six High School, said John Mark Scruggs, a teacher at Edgewood Middle School and varsity boys basketball coach at Ninety Six.

“I’m a close friend to the family,” Scruggs said. “Me and Sammy’s son are best friends, and Sammy was basically like another dad to me. So I was glad to be able to help out.”

Prizes will be given to the winning teams as well as closest-to-the-pin prizes. There will also be a raffle for a new driver. Lunch will be provided at noon.

Corley was an all-state baseball and football player at Ninety Six, where he played for the Wildcats from 1959 to 1962. He led Ninety Six to a state championship in football in 1962.

Corley also served on the Greenwood District 52 board of trustees for 23 years until he died in May 2016 at 71.

Ninety Six board members in July 2015 voted to change the name of the Ninety Six baseball field to Sammy Corley Field. His No. 15 jersey is the only number retired by the school.

“He’s someone we dearly miss,” Scruggs said. “He was very important to our community, and he was important to me in my life.”

For information, call The Golf Club at Star Fort at 864-543-2757, or call John Mark Scruggs at 864-993-0921.

Contact staff writer David Roberts at 864-943-2530 or follow on Twitter @IJDavidRoberts