Thomhave's legacy lives on through tournament

Thomhave tournament

B.J. Thomhave, left, is with Brandon Martin, the first winner of the Christian Thomhave Memorial Scholarship.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

CRESTVIEW — For the past 10 years, golfers have gathered at Foxwood Country Club each October to help raise money for the Christian Thomhave Memorial Scholarship Tournament.

The tournament helps fund an endowment for a scholarship to Northwest Florida State College bearing Christian Thomhave's name.

Christian Thomhave died in a 2002 car accident, a week after graduating from Niceville High School. While he lived in Niceville and played golf for the Eagles, he was very much a part of the Foxwood Country Club community where his dad, B.J. Thomhave, is the longtime general manager.

"He kind of grew up on this golf course so (the tournament is) a big part of Foxwood and Crestview, even though he graduated from Niceville because I live in Niceville," B.J. said. "The Crestview people have probably helped more so than the people in Niceville and we are just happy to keep it going."

B.J. Thomhave's voice still cracks when he talks about his son.

And his face lights up as he recalls an improbable shot Christian made out of the green-side bunker at the 16th hole at Foxwood.

Christian made the shot in 1998 on his way to claiming the Okaloosa Middle School championship for Ruckel.

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