Gary S. Wheeler Memorial Scholarship and Golf Scramble

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The Gary S. Wheeler Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of former Carlyle High School educator and coach, Gary Wheeler. Former players and colleagues have formed the Gary S. Wheeler Memorial Fund and established this benefit to make sure his dedication to the education and growth of student athletes can continue to touch lives for years to come, by supporting a deserving Class of 2016 Carlyle High School senior male varsity athlete and senior female varsity athlete in their pursuit of a degree in a qualifying course of study at an institution of higher education. The recipients of this benefit will be awarded a one-time $400.00 benefit (to be given to the student upon class enrollment) toward textbooks, fees, or other legitimate college expenses. “Our goal is to honor and remember Coach Wheeler in addition to his impact on students at Carlyle High School,” said fund director Craig Robertson. “Through our annual golf event coupled with the assistance of numerous local sponsors and individual donors, we are truly excited to provide this support opportunity.”

Coach Wheeler won 417 games, 7 regional titles, and the 1981 State Championship as Carlyle’s baseball coach from 1976 to 2007. In 16 seasons, his football teams were 90-66 with 7 playoff appearances and the 1988 Illinois Class 2A State Championship team, which went undefeated at 14-0. Coach Wheeler was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and unfortunately lost his battle with the disease in May of 2008. In April 2015, Coach Gary Wheeler was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Scholarship applications are available by visiting the Carlyle High School website, contacting Carlyle High School Guidance Counselor Tammy Branon, or by contacting Craig Robertson at 618-622-3592.

The 9th Annual Gary Wheeler Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at Governor’s Run Golf Course on Saturday, July 16, 2016. There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.

Participation is welcomed in all areas. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate by golfing or by sponsoring a golf contest, cart, hole, etc. In-kind donations are also welcome. Complete teams, registered and paid by July 1, 2016 will only pay $280. Registrations received after July 1 will pay $300 per 4 person team.

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams per flight and for various contests, including closest to the pin, longest drive, and longest putt.

Golf Scramble Director, Craig Robertson expressed his thanks in advance to all of the participants and sponsors.

“We are very fortunate and appreciative to enter our ninth year with the scramble and scholarship. The support received from the community has been great and thank you cannot be said enough. Coach Wheeler was a great influence on so many students and student athletes, and it is truly an honor to remember him through this event and the support it has provided to college-bound students at Carlyle High School.”

For registration forms and sponsorship information, contact Craig Robertson at 618-622-3592 or via email at croberts75@aol.com. Information may also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GSWMemorial.