Bill Gay Scholarship Fund

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Bill and Karen Gay

The Bill Gay Scholarship Fund was established to honor the life of William Kelly “Bill” Gay, II (1954-2017). Bill was raised in Pacifica, CA on Sharp Park Golf EditCourse and often reminisced about his time as a child finding and selling stray golf balls, caddying all day for a clubhouse burger, and learning to manage his slice early in the morning before anyone had hit the links. He won local tournaments and enjoyed the game throughout his youth, and his passion carried on through his children.

Bill and his wife, Karen, relocated to Tallahassee to raise their two children, Eddie and BillieAnne. Bill began making BillieAnne his fourth many Saturday mornings, even at the early age of 4 and 5. She went on to have some early “pitch, put, and drive” wins, and played golf for Lincoln High School. Bill was often seen taking his lunch break during golf practice to watch and give tips to the team. He found joy walking the rolling hills of a long Par 5 and helping anyone take a stroke or two off of their game.

While Bill’s heart will forever be on Sharp Park Golf Course, he made many memories with friends on the courses of North Florida and South Georgia, sinking two holes-in-one at Tallahassee’s Hilaman Golf Course.

Supporting the Bill Gay Scholarship Fund will pass along the gift of a lifetime love of the game to local youth who may have missed that experience otherwise.

Bill and his brothers after winning his first golf tournament in Pacifica, CA


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