Thomhave's legacy lives on through tournament

Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

Time has eased some of the pain for B.J., but Christian is always with him.

"He hit a bad shot off the tee and I didn't want to watch what he did out of the bunker so I left," B.J. said. "When I came back I didn't want to dare ask (how he did at 16). But he was hitting first at 17 (an honor that goes to the low score on the previous hole) and I asked, 'How can Christian hit first on the 17th?'

"So I asked one of his fellow players had Christian get hit first, and he said, 'He birdied 16, Mr. B.J.' And I said, 'Oh,' because I realized he hit it in from the sand. He shot 2-under for the tournament, but 4-under on the back nine to earn low medalist."

After 10 years, the community’s generosity has helped raise more than $70,000 for the endowment.

"We are starting our second decade," Thomhave said. "By now, the scholarship is endowed. With the help of a lot of generous sponsors, players and people within the community, we have raised probably about $75,000 to $80,000 throughout the years.

"And with some help with some grants we got from the state, the endowment is probably right now at about $110,000."

Brandon Martin, a 2003 Crestview High graduate, was the first recipient of the scholarship and knew Christian Thomhave well.

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