Tommy Pendley once called Allen Coursey "one of the most talented kids I had ever seen for his age."

Today, Pendley will play in the Allen "A" Coursey Memorial Tournament, a golf event to remember the life of Coursey, who died Nov. 18, 2015.

The tournament, which is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Patriot at Grand Harbor, will benefit junior golf across the Lakelands.

Coursey, a 1984 graduate of Ninety Six High School, worked at several area golf courses, including the Golf Course at Star Fort, Hunter's Creek Golf Club and Grand Harbor.

Coursey's sister Angie Palmer said in a statement Coursey was known for his kindness.

"He treated every member the same and made everyone feel good about their game no matter the caliber or what they shot on the course," she said. "Everyone came away feeling better after talking with “A”. He truly cared about the people along with the game of golf, especially junior golf.

"He was a diamond in the rough."

Coursey's involvement with junior golf led the family to establish a scholarship which they awarded to Ninety Six's James May and Emerald's Anna Parramore earlier this year.

May and Parramore will hit tee shots on hole Nos. 5 and 15, respectively. 

Coursey played golf at Ninety Six, winning four state championships with the Wildcats from 1981-84. 

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