Yosemite High graduate and Dodger pitcher Ted Lilly is bringing a friend with him to the Oct. 27 golf tournament that carries his name -- but not just any friend -- his friend and teammate happens to be 2011 Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw, 24, was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He worked his way through the Dodgers' farm system in just one full season and reached the majors at the age of 20. When he debuted in 2008, he was the youngest player in Major League Baseball, a title he held for one full year.
In 2011, he won the Pitching Triple Crown and the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since Dwight Gooden in 1985. This season, his 2.79 career ERA is the lowest among active starters (minimum 500 innings pitched).
Being a left-handed strikeout pitcher and playing for the Dodgers, Kershaw has often been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
The Ted Lilly Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Yosemite Baseball Boosters, will be held at Sierra Meadows Golf Course to benefit youth baseball programs in the Mountain Area including Yosemite Little League, Sierra Mountain Little league and the Yosemite High School program.
The tournament sold out with 144 golfers last year and only a few spots are left for this year's event.
The tournament raised about $48,000 last year with $35,000 coming from the live auction held during the awards dinner.
This year's auction will feature a number of sports memorabilia items including signed team jerseys from Lilly, Don Mattingly (Dodgers), Nolan Ryan (Rangers), Albert Pujols (Angels), David Wright (Mets) and Irving "Magic" Johnson (L.A. Lakers).
Signed baseballs from the 2001 Yankees world series team and the 2009 National League All Star team will be up for auction.
Lilly has also arranged for the auction, four tickets to a Dodgers game.
One unique item at the auction will be a mini-vacation at a private home on 3.5 wooded acres in Bandon, Ore., adjacent to Bandon Trails Golf Course. Located three minutes from the entrance to the Bandon Dunes resort, the four-suite home combines proximity to the resort with the advantages of a private residence and easily accommodates eight golfers.
Lilly, whose left shoulder inflammation forced him to sit out half the season this year, recently underwent microscopic shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready for his 15th season in major league baseball next spring. His career win/loss record is 130-111.
Lilly graduated from Yosemite High School in 1994, a key member of the YHS varsity baseball 1994 CIF Championship team. He pitched for two years at Fresno City College and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 1996 draft.
"We are fortunate to have the support of Ted Lilly, our baseball booster program and many former Yosemite players who will play in the tournament in support of youth baseball in our Mountain Area," said Yosemite High baseball coach John McMillen.
Proceeds will help finance the 2013 baseball season by funding field upgrades, equipment, uniforms and seasonal operations for Yosemite High School, Sierra Mountain Little League, Yosemite Little League and the Yosemite Baseball Boosters for scholarships to graduating seniors.
The scramble shot gun start will be at: 11:30 a.m. The dinner-auction will start at 5:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $150 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and awards banquet. Individual dinner ticket cost $25.
A number of sponsorships package are available ranging from $100 tee sponsors to a $5,000 grand slam sponsorship.
Details: Becky Carlson, (559) 658-1549, Stacy Daly, (559) 760-0265.