OVU golf tourney honors father, helps kids

VIENNA – Ohio Valley University women’s golf coach Harold “Bud” Tate is carrying on his father’s legacy of helping others – and you can help too.

Coach Tate is the host of the Harold F. Tate Memorial Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. on Sept. 7. This is the 14th year for the event, which will be at Golf Club of West Virginia. Tate is looking for teams of four to register. The cost is $200 per team.

Participants have a chance to win prizes at each hole. Some of the prizes include a new set of irons, a Kindle Fire and a $500 Visa gift card. On hole No. 7, there is a prize of $10,000 for a hole-in-one. Lunch will be provided and there is an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Proceeds from the tournament go to help support Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. This was something close to the heart of Harold F. Tate and coach Tate sees it as a way to honor his father.

“My father was quite a man with an extremely big heart,” he said. “He did a lot of work for children’s hospitals and this is one way I can keep his memory alive.”

Harold F. Tate passed away in 1994. Prior to his passing, he would seek out opportunities to help others. Coach Tate witnessed his father paying for field trips for classmates who couldn’t afford them, purchasing food for families, buying refrigerators and beds, and even paying a carpenter to fix up a family’s home. This generous spirit is what inspired coach Tate to find a way to help others in his memory.

“My father did a lot for families and children over the years. We started the tournament in 2000 as a way to continue his legacy of helping others, especially children,” coach Tate said.

The OVU women’s golf team helps coach Tate with the tournament by checking in participants and serving as witnesses on the holes with prizes.

Anyone who would like to participate in the tournament or serve as a sponsor, contact coach Tate at (304) 893-1509.