Golf event underway in honor of child that passed away in 2017

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A golf event kicked off this morning in memory of a young child that passed away back in 2017.

The Playing for Mason event teed off Friday afternoon at the Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green and coming to a close on Sunday.

The 2021 Mason Cup is a unique junior golf event allowing competitive junior golfers the opportunity to showcase their golf talents while raising money for charity.

Mason Goodnight was only 10 years old when he died and was a great athlete with a love for all sports, according to his father, Jef Goodnight.

“It’s just a fun way to honor Mason. Mason was really into golf, and I know right now he is smiling down. He is so happy that people are out here. Some of Mason‘s friends are now in this event and it’s so awesome to see these kids come, you know, from when they were three or four playing in junior tournaments to be out here playing,” said Goodnight.

After his sudden death in 2017, the Mason Goodnight Foundation was created in his honor.

“It helps kids here in Warren and Simpson counties. And so, we’ve given a little over $300,000 out and so we’ve given money to a new playground at Cumberland trace. We have sent seven different school classes to Washington DC,” said Goodnight.

Cooper Claycomb was friends with Mason and is passionate to ensure his legacy lives on.

“Just his work ethic, I know he was a super happy kid, very team supportive, so just bringing golf to a team event, we can kind of bring him with us, just the team spirit,” said Claycomb.

The event was packed with 36 teams on Friday and 34 juniors playing in the Rider Cup matches over the weekend.

Proceeds from the golf event will go toward the American Junior Golf Association’s Achieving Competitive Excellence Grant program and the Mason Goodnight Foundation to help local kids.