Golf tournament to honor Heffelfinger, proceeds to benefit local students

September 10, 2021 | 12:06 am

Updated September 9, 2021 | 10:15 pm

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The Dayton Heffelfinger Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday at Panther Creek Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit local students through the Dayton & Creda Heffelfinger Scholarship Fund.

The tournament is being hosted by Nancy Heffelfinger Patel and her mother, Creda Heffelfinger. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Registrants or volunteers may sign up on line at

Dayton Heffelfinger, an avid golfer and City Senior Open Golf Champion, taught at Burns Middle School for 20 years and Apollo High School for 13 years before retiring.

Heffelfinger and his girls’ golf team won two regional golf titles, and several of those student-athletes earned scholarships to play collegiately. Heffelfinger was assistant athletic director at Apollo High School for several years.

“Dayton always had a passion for golf, which connected to his priorities: family, friends and his God-given talent for teaching,” Creda said. “With this golf tournament, we remember him and this game he said ‘is an analogy for life.’ This tournament is a testament to his best days on the golf course, with the proceeds assisting students in achieving their goals for a great education.”

Dale Stewart — Heffelfinger’s friend, a former Apollo principal, fellow golfer and current DCPS Board of Education member — said, “Dayton’s kindness and jovial personality made him a favorite with students.”

Nancy grew up with her dad heading to the golf course on weekends to play with his friends.

“He loved the game more than anyone I know, and he instilled this love in me, both as a father and as my high school golf coach,” she said. “The golf course is a place where those who were closest to my dad can still feel close to him. His spirit will always be there.”

The scholarship fund is administered by the Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools.

“We are honored to be working with the Heffelfinger family to celebrate the memory of a man who had such a positive impact on DCPS students during his career as a teacher and coach,” said Vicki Quisenberry, Executive Director for the Foundation. “Through Nancy and Creda’s efforts, more than $20,000 has already been raised through the scholarship fund to benefit students.”

Donations to the Dayton & Creda Heffelfinger Scholarship Fund may be made online here.

September 10, 2021 | 12:06 am

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