Your Golf Swing Could Make a Kid's Year!

by Tim Hart | Oct 14, 2021 3:03:22 PM

Join Us Oct. 30 to Golf in a Teacher’s Memory

I’m going to talk to you about golf today, but before I get to that, I want to share a story about someone who loved the game.

Just over 10 years ago, my good friend Nancy Hagy lost her husband, Rich. It was a sad day for the whole community. Not only was Rich a great husband, father, and grandfather, but he was also an awesome Lee County school teacher, coach, and principal for more than 30 years. He loved helping and mentoring kids — both his own and everyone else’s.

Richard Hagy

There’s one particular story Nancy likes to tell about Rich’s big heart that always gets the waterworks going. Here it is in her own words: “One afternoon, Rich got an emergency phone call telling him that one of his players had severe burns on over 80% of his body. He was going to be flown to Tampa’s Burn Unit. The only person he wanted to see was Rich.

“When Rich got to the hospital, the doctors told him not to touch him and to be upbeat. When he went into the room, the kid was very quiet. He looked over at Rich and whispered to him, ‘Coach, I don’t think I’m going to make it to practice tomorrow.’

“Rich told him this was no excuse and he would see him in full gear in a few days. The kid just smiled — Rich fought back tears. The boy passed away the next day. Rich said afterward that was the hardest thing he ever had to do!”

Losing a great guy like Rich hit Nancy and her daughters hard, but they’re tough cookies. They kept their chins up and decided to do what they could to carry on Rich’s legacy and help students in Lee County further their education. Here’s where golfing comes in!

Rich loved to golf, so the Hagys created a tournament in his honor. Since 2011, the Richard L. Hagy Memorial Golf Tournament has raised scholarship funds for kids in Lee County. It has brought in more than $70,000 to date! That’s a lot of lives changed through golf swings.

This year’s tournament is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Magnolia Landing, and I’d love to see you there. You can register as a single player or four-person team, sponsor a hole, or even donate an item for the door prize giveaway or silent auction.

The event is always a good time. There’s a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. followed by a buffet lunch, an awards ceremony, a silent auction, and a door prize raffle, all set up by Nancy’s nonprofit, The Richard Hagy Memorial Fund, Inc. You can sign up to play or donate online at

Richard Hagy Memorial Golf Tournament

I know there are a lot of golf tournaments out there, but if you love the game (or even if you just love kids), I hope you’ll consider this one. Rich was a really special guy, and it means a lot to Nancy, her daughters, and her granddaughters to give out these scholarships every year in his name. Even in the craziness of 2020, they managed to host the tournament and give 14 scholarships to college-bound seniors! Every swing made and dollar donated makes a big difference.

Here’s a final word from Nancy about Rich.

“Rich liked to brag, but never about himself — always about his school, students, faculty, and/or his girls! … I believe the things that meant the most to Rich over the years were the many friendships and the love and sheer joy of working and playing together. Rich was not bossy, but he was strong. He wasn’t loud or aggressive, but he spoke when he had something to say. He encouraged students to work as hard as they could and learn as much as they could.”

That’s the kind of guy I want to swing a club for! Remember, you can join me in donating or attending the tournament by visiting before Oct. 30.You can also see more about the silent auction, and other supporters and donations for the tournament on their Facebook Page : Richard Hagy Memorial Scholarship


Thanks in advance for supporting my friend!




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