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Lajterman tourney switching to Twin Silos

Feb. 09, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marcelo Lajterman Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Classic is getting a new home at Twin Silos at Lavalette.

The tournament, a major fund-raiser for the fund, honors former Marshall University kicker Marcelo Lajterman. He died in the Marshall plane crash on Nov. 14, 1970. The jet bringing the Thundering Herd football team back from a 17-14 loss at East Carolina earlier in the day crashed just short of the runway at Tri-State Airport in Kenova that evening. All 75 aboard died.

For six years, the tournament was played in June at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater, N.J. Lajterman was from Lyndhurst, N.J.

The 2013 tournament will be Sept. 6 in Lavalette. Marshall plays Gardner-Webb in football a day later at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. There will be lunch before golf and dinner after the event. There will be two speakers.

Ted Wilson, a Marshall fan and friend of the Lajterman family, said Tito Lajterman and his brothers wanted to move the event to the Tri-State. They hope to bring 20 to 30 golfers with them. They'll replace the golf event in New Jersey with a bowling tournament.

The Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to seniors in high school who will be attending NCAA Division I-AA thru Division III football program as kickers and/or punters. There's also an endowment for Marshall in Lajterman's memory. The Marshall Foundation, Inc. established the Marcelo Lajterman Memorial Scholarship in 2008.

More information about the fund is available at www.marcelo23.com.

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