Lilly golf supports youth baseball

awileman@sierrastar.comNovember 5, 2013 

The Yosemite Baseball Boosters hosted the third annual Ted Lilly Golf Tournament and dinner at the Sierra Meadows Golf Course Nov. 1, to raise funds for youth baseball in the Mountain Area.

The shotgun-scramble style tournament brought together more than 80 golfers and baseball fanatics who were greeted and joined by hometown-hero Ted Lilly for the event.

The tournament awards dinner included a live auction, silent auction, raffle and give aways for those in attendance as well as a meet and greet opportunity with the two-time All-Star pitcher and Yosemite High School graduate, who has accumulated 130 wins in his professional career.

The first place team, who shot a net score of 65, included Lilly's agent Larry O'Brien of Full Circle Sports Management, and friends Markus Waldon, Brian Oliver and Jim Oliver. The team was awarded a $500 cash prize all of which they donated back to Yosemite Baseball Boosters.

Lilly, who teed-off for each team on hole No. 5, was gracious to members of the community who have continued to support him throughout his career.

"It feels good to give back to the community that I was a part of when I was young," Lilly said. "There are a lot of people in this town who were influential in my life and I can not thank them enough ... this is the least I can do for my hometown."

Lilly also donated some sports memorabilia as a way to give back to the program he was a part of for many years, including Little League.

Auction items included an autographed Ted Lilly Dodgers jersey, autographed Magic Johnson jersey, Madison Bumgarner signed baseball and Giants World Series package and several team autographed balls, including the 2009 National League All-Stars. Other silent auction items included an Alfonso Soriano bat, and a Magic Johnson signed baseball.

John McMillen, Yosemite High School varsity coach, says he was excited about this years turnout and hopes they can continue to host such a successful fundraiser in future years.

"I'm very pleased with how it went, we had a good turnout and the auction went real well ... I want to thank Ted for coming out and it wouldn't happen without him," McMillen said.

President of Baseball Boosters, Susan Steinmetz said she couldn't have asked for more, from the weather to the support of the community.

"The tournament went off without a hitch ... It couldn't have happened without the collaboration between all the leagues and boosters. We appreciate Ted so much and the fact that he gives back the community and spends time to help us raise funds for all the youth baseball players in our area."

Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the baseball boosters to be used for the Yosemit High School program and the other fifty percent will be split between Coarsegold and Oakhurst little leagues.

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