VALDOSTA — A legend in Valdosta sports history will be remembered during the inaugural Don Golden Memorial Golf Classic, which is to be held in Athens June 7.

Don Golden, who quarterbacked Valdosta High School to the 1969 national championship, and his wife Debbie, died after their car collided with a Chevy Suburban in October 2005.

Golden is remembered in the community as one of the best all around athletes to come out of Valdosta. In addition to his performance in football, Golden was also quite skilled in baseball. He had the opportunity to go into professional baseball after his senior year of high school when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. However, he declined so he could go to college. After his collegiate career, which was spent setting records in college football at University of Georgia, Golden got picked up by the Chicago Bears as a free agent punter. There, he played for one season until his knee was injured.

After leaving football and baseball, Golden taught marketing classes and coached golf at various high schools in the Atlanta area, which include North Hall, Jackson County and North Forsyth.

Debbie Golden began her career as a middle school teacher and later taught elementary school. After earning her master’s degree, she became an elementary school counselor.

The Don and Debbie Golden Scholarship Foundation was established by the Goldens’ two daughters. All proceeds from the golf classic will go to the foundation and a scholarship will be awarded to a University of Georgia education student each year.

To become a sponsor, to enter the tournament or to obtain more information about the Don Golden Memorial Golf Classic, please visit www.ngcf.org.

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