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Friends of Mike Clement golf tourney raises $10K toward scholarships

By Mark Kramer

It was a day of golf for a good cause.

Thanks to the participants in the eighth annual Friends of Mike Clement Golf

Tournament at Eagle Pointe Golf Club last week, Goose Creek CISD graduating seniors will benefit once again through college scholarships.

According to Mark Casey, executive director of Friends of Mike Clement 501(c3) non-profit organization, this year’s tournament generated more than $10,000. Since the inception of the event, more than $51,000 has been raised to help the dreams of a college education come true for local students.

Clement was born and raised in Baytown and graduated from Lee High School in 1980 where he was known for being an outstanding student, as well as a stellar athlete on the football and baseball fields.

Clement attended Sam Houston State University, where he earned his degree in

accounting. During his time at SHSU, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He

eventually became youth minister at Central Baptist Church.

In his 1987 book “Rise to the Challenge,” Clement describes hitting rock bottom

physically and emotionally. At that point he prayed and determined not to wallow in self-pity. He threw his energy into his ministry and eventually was elected to the Goose

Creek CISD school board. He passed away in 1998 from an accident related to the


“Mike really enjoyed working with the youth and it brought such joy to his life,” said

David Clement, Mike’s younger brother. “He was a friend to everyone and I know he

would be pleased to see how people are coming together to help create promising

futures for young people in the Baytown community.”

Last year, 11 Goose Creek students were presented with $1,000 scholarships through

the foundation. The organization plans to award another $10,000 to students in May


The results of the tournament are as follows:

First Place Team: Michael Perras, Lori Marti, Brent Mauer, Leighton Littlefield

Second Place Team: Les Elliott, Cleveland Robinson, Curtis Bennett

Third Place Team: Trace Spears, Tom Shope, Wes Walker, Fred Trainer

Long Drive Winners: Tom Shope, Michael Perras

Closest to the Pin Winners: Leighton Littlefield, Roy Stanley (not pictured)

To make a donation or for more information about the organization, visit

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