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Awarding scholarships in Forest Grove and La Grande this year, the nonprofit boosts youth wrestlers with Oregon City event.

COURTESY PHOTO - Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park has a stone memorial built and maintained through funds raised by the VFW chapter based in Oregon City.COURTESY PHOTO - Tyrone S. WoodsThe fifth annual Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Golf Classic that benefits youth wrestlers and wrestling programs across the country is set for Saturday, June 18, at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City.

This event serves as the primary fundraiser for TSWWF, a youth wrestling nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to maintain Oregon City High School graduate Tyrone Woods' legacy as a state champion wrestler and to provide financial and charitable assistance to the sport of youth wrestling.

Woods, a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired SEAL team member, was working as a civilian contractor for the CIA when he was killed during the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 12, 2012.

COURTESY PHOTO: TSWWF - Braden Carson of La Grande High School will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Tyrone S. Woods Wrestling Foundation.

The TSWWF will award Tyrone S. Woods memorial trophies and $2,500 scholarships to Makaila Takahashi of Forest Grove High School on May 19 and to Braden Carson of La Grande High School on May 24. TSWWF also identified six honorable-mention applicants who will each receive $500 to be applied toward their higher education expenses.

The golf classic was not held in 2020, but raised $13,500 after expenses in 2021. In 2019 there were 31 participating teams with proceeds amounting to $15,000.

Sponsorships are local and national, from as far away as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The Oregon City business community has sponsored hole signs and contests and donated prizes.

In May 2021, a new 9.2-acre Oregon City park, the Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park, was officially dedicated with a program that honored SCPO Woods for his 20 years of service as a U.S. Navy SEAL and a CIA protective officer.

This year's tournament registration fee is $125 for individuals and $500 for a team of four. Check-in begins at noon for the four-player scramble, followed by a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Boxed lunches plus beverages and snacks will be available, along with various contest and raffle prizes.

Dixon Golf and Back Swing Events will both be on the course offering contests and prizes.

For more information or to register your team or a sponsorship, visit tswwf.org or call 503-632-1987.


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