The 'Classic Weekend' is hereOcala Star-Banner, Fla. — Ocala Star-Banner, Fla.
Jan. 11--The annual Classic Weekend will be held this weekend. It's a partnership between the Public Education Foundation of Marion County and the Metropolitan Rotary Club of Ocala. All events benefit Take Stock in Children of Marion County. Through the years, well over $1 million has been raised from these events to provide college scholarships to at-risk, low-income youth in the community.
The weekend events are: the Sneakers and S'mores 5K, The Moot Thomas Scramble, The Memorial Golf tournament (an MGA recognized points tournament) and Hors d 'Oeuvres with the Honoree, which is a cocktail party and celebration to recognize Buddy Martin, who is this year's Memorial honoree.
"The honoree is selected by a committee of local golfers and Rotarians and seeks to recognize someone that has had a lasting impact on the community, sports/golf and/or education," organizers said.
Martin is an Emmy winner and the author, with Steve Spurrier, of the best-selling book "Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football." Martin has won nearly 200 awards during his career, which includes stints as sports editor/columnist of Florida Today, the St. Petersburg Times, the New York Daily News and the Denver Post. He has also won awards as both a managing editor and newsfeatures editor, including the prestigious New York State Associated Press. His Charlotte Sun staff was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for news reporting.
He currently writes for the football websites GridironNow.com and SouthernPigskin.com, as well as for Woodypaige.com, and hosts the Buddy Martin Show weekdays at 6 p.m. on 900-AM WMOP Ocala/WGGG Gainesville. A Facebook Live version of the show that is geared to the Gator Nation is called Late Night dillydilly#.
Much of Martin's career has been associated with golf: He has covered more than 30 Masters and half that many U.S. Opens. He spent 17 years as media director/consultant of a Colorado PGA Tour event.
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