BY JAMES HARPER
About 80 golfers participated in the second annual Jimmy Huger Scholarship Golf Tournament held April 27 at the Daytona Beach Golf Club. The event was sponsored by Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, which Huger is a member of and once served as the organization’s general secretary.
Last year, Huger was awarded a Congressional gold medal for serving during World War II in the Marines of Montford Point, the first African-Americans in the Corps.
Huger is a former Bethune-Cookman administrator as well as a former Daytona Beach city commissioner and director of community development, the last permanent job the 98 year old held before retiring.
‘If I can help somebody as I pass along. If I can show somebody they are traveling wrong, then my life would not have been in vain,” Huger was quoted in a statement about the tournament.
Dwight Lewis and Jordon Lewis were the winners of the tournament.
Andy Castro was the winner of the longest drive. Lewis also was the winner of the closest-to-the-pin competition.
John Leland Huger, Huger’s son, was the chairman of the golf tournament committee. He called the event a big success.
“We were able to raise $6,000 to provide six $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Volusia and Flagler County,” John Huger said.
He noted two of the recipients will be honored at the Daytona Beach NAACP banquet on May 24 with the Inaugural James and Phannye Huger Educational Scholarship Award.
John Huger also said high school juniors are encouraged to see their school’s guidance counselor to apply for next year’s Scholarships.
Other members of the golf tournament committee included Willie Jones, Jr., Lester Cuby, George Weaver, William Seeney, Jamie Robinson, Willis Walter and Sylvester Covington.