Third Annual Ted Lilly Golf Tournament Nov. 2

— Yosemite Baseball BoostersOctober 8, 2013 

The Third Annual Ted Lilly Golf Tournament, to benefit youth baseball, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at Sierra Meadows Golf Course.

Lilly will assist each foursome on one hole by teeing-off for the team.

"Last year's event was outstanding ... the people, the weather and the support of the community made this event successful," Lilly said. "I hope more will come out and participate in the fun this year."

Proceeds go to Yosemite Little League, Sierra Mountain Little League and Yosemite Baseball Boosters. Funds will help finance the 2014 baseball season by paying for field upgrades, equipment, uniforms, seasonal operations and community awards to graduating seniors.

Also attending will be Bob Siebenburg of the legendary rock band Supertramp. Siebenburg, who resides in the Mountain Area, has been a big supporter of youth baseball for many years.

Check-in will be at 10 a.m. with the tournament starting at 11 a.m. A cocktail hour will be held at 4:30 p.m., followed by awards banquet and live auction.

The auction will include a number of sports memorabilia items including signed jerseys and baseballs from Magic Johnson, and Lilly. Other auction items will be a Millers Landing Resort party barge for a day, a week-long vacations at Bandon Dunes, a private home at Bass Lake, and in a Beasore cabin.

Tournament registration is $500 for a four-person team ($600 after Oct. 18) or $125 for an individual. Registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, and awards banquet. Individual dinner-only tickets cost $25.

Lilly - hometown hero

Lilly graduated from Yosemite High School in 1994, and was a key member of that year's CIF Central Section Champion team. He chose to attend Fresno City College and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 1996 draft.

Lilly began his professional career in the summer of 1996 for the Los Angeles Dodgers Single A team in Yakima, WA. He quickly climbed through the Dodgers minor league system prior to being traded to the Montreal Expos in 1998. He made his major league debut for the Expos on May 14, 1999. He was traded to the New York Yankees the following season. He pitched in New York for two seasons before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2002. He earned 12 wins for Oakland during the 2003 season.

The left-hander was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays prior to the 2004 season and pitched three years for Toronto, winning 12 (2004), 10 (2005) and 15 (2006) games for the Blue Jays. He was named an MLB All-Star for the first time in his career during the 2004 season.

He was signed by the Chicago Cubs as a free agent following the 2006, winning 15 games in 2007 and had a career high 17 wins during the 2008 season. He won another 12 games for the Cubs in 2009 and was named an MLB All-Star for the second time in his career.

In the midst of another solid season in 2010, he was traded by the Cubs to the Dodgers, the organization that had originally drafted him in 1996. He completed another double digit win season in 2010 in his time between Chicago and the Dodgers. The Dodgers re-signed him to a three-year contract following the 2010 season.

Lilly was released by the Dodgers last month and hopes to join another team next spring for his 19th season in major league baseball.

Lilly's charitable efforts were recognized in 2009 as he was named the Chicago Cubs' Roberto Clemente Award winner, given to the MLB player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. He elected to donate the $7,500 award from Chevy to P.A.W.S Chicago.

He's never forgotten his roots and has consistently donated to the Yosemite High School baseball program as well as donating to the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo baseball program as lives in the area.

Sponsorships available

Tournament sponsorships range from a $5,000 Grand Slam sponsor to a $250 RBI sponsor.

The Grand Slam includes a team registration, four guest tickets for dinner at a reserved table, tour package signage, logo on tournament welcome banner, tee markers, banquet podium sign, and promotional signs at all three baseball fields for the 2014 season.

Details: Becky Carlson, (559) 438-5800.

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