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Golf scramble continues in honor of late Marshall football players

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LAVALETTE -- The fifth annual Johnathan Goddard Memorial Golf Scramble was held Friday at Twin Silos in Lavalette, and enough proceeds were made to fully endow the scholarship fund.

The event was started in 2008 by J.T. Rembert, who played on the Thundering Herd with Goddard in the early 2000s. Goddard died in a motorcycle accident in 2008, and Rembert was quick to act on his fallen teammate's behalf.

Last July, tragedy struck again as Rembert died unexpectedly while on vacation with his family in South Carolina. Six weeks later, Rembert's family pulled together to make sure the golf tournament continued.

More than a year has passed, and Friday was a more joyful gathering of both men's families and about 90 golfers. Two men were being remembered through stories, while there was a new sense to the tournament.

"We carry's J.T.'s legacy on by carrying Johnathan's legacy on," said Tamera Rembert, J.T.'s sister. "The Goddard family has become our family."

But she and his mother, Yvonne Minge, said the tournament is still about Johnathan Goddard and the scholarship that will be given to a student-athlete with a learning disability.

Garrett Morrison, who played on the football team from 2001 to 2004 with both men, has played in every memorial golf scramble. He said it's a privilege because it honors two former teammates.

"He worked hard for something like this for someone who passed away, and it definitely means double (now)," Morrison said.

It also means much to Johnnie Goddard, who said Huntington became a second family during his son's playing days and since his death. The Florida resident said he worked a long week, having had to attend another relative's funeral last weekend. But he was rejuvenated by playing in the scramble and knowing it furthered his son's characteristics of not letting challenges deter him on or off the field.

"This means the world to us," he said. "That in the midst of their tragedy they still carry on for us. And we're amazed at the amount of people who came out to support a cause for a kid from Florida."

For more information about the scholarship fund, contact Tamera Rembert at 443-865-7281.