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OPELIKA – On June 8, 2022, the Joe Beckwith Golf Tournament Committee presented a check to the Community Foundation of East Alabama, Inc. in the net amount of $60,000.00.

Funds were raised through a golf scramble held on Tuesday, May 24, at Saugahatchee Country Club to support the Joe Beckwith Scholarship Endowment Fund. Over 96 local golfers participated.

Beckwith was a local baseball star who started a pitching career at Auburn High School followed by four years at Auburn University. He went on to spend a seven-year career in the major leagues. Joe was part of two championship teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and the Kansas City Royals in 1985.

Over one year ago, Beckwith lost a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer and as part of his legacy, he wanted to offer an annual scholarship to a senior baseball player at Auburn High School. Following his demise, many donated towards the scholarship. His friends and fans continued to honor him by participating in and donating through the Joe Beckwith Golf Tournament.

The Joe Beckwith Scholarship Fund is one of the many funds managed by the Community Foundation of East Alabama, Inc. For more information go to