Three years after the passing of Boonville’s Dean Caldwell, the game he loved the most is now helping the youth in the Pirate Academy.


The Second Annual Dean Caldwell Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 18 at Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville.


The Four-Person Scramble will consist of three flights with prizes being awarded for numerous contests on various holes.


The cost for the tournament is $75 per person with the entry deadline set by July 10.


Check in will begin at 9 a.m. with shotgun start at 10 a.m.


Registration includes 18 holes, cart and meal following with live auction and raffle.


If you are interested in playing, contact Fred Harris at 660-537-5005 or Kim Harris at 660-537-4071.


Proceeds will benefit the Pirate Ridge Golf Academy.


Caldwell passed in 2017. However, memorial contributions were made to the Pirate Ridge Golf Academy, which was something close to Dean’s heart.


The Pirate Ridge Golf Academy is open to golfers ages 5-14. It enables golfers to come out to Hail Ridge every Monday evening through the summer and learn the game of golf from Boonville High School golf coach Rob VanderLinden.


The Pirate Ridge Golf Academy started in 2017 with seven golfers and then grew to 28 members in 2018 and an astonishing 58 youth golfers in 2019.


The benefit the youth golfers receive far exceeds the $200 registration fee. Therefore, the academy must rely on donations and fundraisers to keep the program going and this is where the Dean Caldwell Memorial Golf Tournaments comes in.


Last year, the tournament raised over $8,000 for the academy.


Kim Harris, daughter of the late Dean Caldwell, said people chose to sponsor a youth participant by providing them with a scholarship if they did not have the funds for the registration fee.


“We are again asking for your support,” Harris said. “A minimum contribution of $100 will sponsor a hole and assist in the fundraising proceeds for the Pirate Ridge Golf Academy. All sponsors will be recognized throughout the golf course with a full color sign listing their name and sponsorship of the tournament. We will also graciously accept any additional monetary, service, or product donations for a raffle, auction, and meal following the tournament. The sponsorship cane be made in the name of an individual, business, or in memory of a loved one.”


Harris said if you wish to make a contribution by mail, please send a check to: Kimberly Harris, 640 Sonya Drive, Boonville, Missouri, 65233.


Harris said please mail the contributions by no later than June 30 so that sponsorship signs can be made.