Tournament Director



This year is our 23rd annual charity golf classic. Even though this annual charity event holds a special place in my heart, this year it comes with great sorrow, and a piece of my heart was broken. The founder of the event and my very dear and life-long friend, Crump Kirby, passed away on January 31st. Crump and I began our friendship in Kindergarten, 62 years ago. As we grew older we went down separate paths; he went to Catholic School and I went to private school. However, we both ended up graduating from Wolfson High School, one year apart. Soon after Crump found the love of his life, Cathy. They married and raised two wonderful children. Today they have a beautiful family, with three grandchildren. Crump loved his family to the very end. Crump was the brother I never had.

In 1995, Crump introduced me to the Southside Business Men’s Club by inviting to my first of many luncheons. He convinced me to join and I soon became involved. The very next year his idea, his vision, his sincere heartfelt concern for doing something more to help the young people in our community, led to the beginning of this Charity Golf Tournament. The Club’s Y.A.P. or Youth Achiever Program was started by the vision of Fred Harford, then 4th Vice President and Gene Bushor, President. The funding for this program was not what they had hoped, until Crump Kirby stepped up and voiced his opinion of hosting a charity golf tournament. Soon after he asked me to help out. He would raise the money and I would put it together, and as they say, “the rest is history”.

For the past several years, we now have formed a superb golf committee of dedicated people who are inspired by the work that we have done and are excited to a part of this increasingly growing annual fund-raising event.

This year, in honor of the founder of this event, Crump Kirby, we have renamed the event and will now be referred to as:

CRUMP KIRBY MEMORIAL Youth Achiever Charity Golf Classic.

I urge all Southside Business Men’s Club members and their Guests and Friends, to come join us this year, Monday May 21st at the exclusive San Jose Country Club. I ask that you participate in some way, as a Hole Sponsor or view the other Sponsorship opportunities. Or you could enter your own foursome for an enjoyable day of lunch, golf and dinner.

I want to thank all of the past and future sponsors for their generosity and support of our Youth Achiever Scholarship Program by your sponsorship and participation. It is YOU that makes this event successful and allows the annual scholarships to be given to selected high school seniors and returning college students, to help better their ongoing education.  As Crump always stated, “These children are our future and the future is looking bright”.

Please take a moment to browse over our Charity Golf information and choose a way you can help make this year’s event a successful one. PLAY – SPONSOR – VOLUNTEER

Jay D. Cann, Jr.
Tournament Director