By Emily Ammann
The family members of Sean Urda, an East Northport teen who was killed in a 2015 snow-tubing accident, is planning a soccer golf outing in his memory for Saturday, July 23, at the Dix Hills Golf Course.
Urda was 17 years old, and finishing his senior year at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, at the time of his accident. He was a standout student, and captain of the school’s boys soccer team.
The inaugural outing is the first of what Urda’s family members hope will become an annual event. All money raised will go to the Sean Urda Memorial Soccer Scholarship, which, starting this year, has been awarded to John Glenn seniors, the Score FC travel team and Suffolk County’s all-star team.
The recipients, according to his foundation’s website, “exemplify the traits that Sean possessed,” such as “strong family values, leadership, team play, [activeness] in school and [understanding of] the value of a good education.”
Registration for the soccer golf outing is $30. Participants will get to play a “9 Hole Scramble,” enter raffles, win prizes and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. The fee also entitles players to 14 raffle entries.
Of the two start times, only the 9:30 a.m. time slot had spots available as of deadline Wednesday. Registration will be available starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the outing at the course, which is located at 575 Vanderbilt Parkway.
Players must bring their own soccer balls. Those who are unable to play can still participate by sponsoring a hole on the course for a fee of $150.
Soccer golf is played much like traditional golf, except players use a regulation No. 5 soccer ball instead of a golf ball. Rather than being struck by a club, the ball is kicked across the green, and players must attempt to sink the soccer ball into a 21-inch round cup, with the least amount of kicks as possible.
For more information about the outing and the Sean Urda Memorial Soccer Scholarship, visit Seanurda14.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.