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Tony Martone loved golf, but he'd hate this.
After Martone died April 8 at age 81, the PAL organization he was a cornerstone of decided to rename its annual golf fundraiser for him. The 17th annual Tony Martone Memorial Golf Outing will be held Saturday at Donald Ross Golf Course starting with a ceremony at 7 a.m.
"The golf outing actually started when Tony suggested we do one,'' PAL Director Steve Butz said. "What we're seeing in this is some of the folks who had not participated in the last few years have come back and signed up to participate in this one. That's a good dedication to him and his memory.''
Along with helping found the local Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax and Pee Wee Reese leagues and serving as Fort Wayne Little League president for five years, Martone loved to golf. He was a member at Lakeside where he also played in the General Telephone League.
"He would go out and shoot in the 80s,'' said his son Tim. "He wouldn't like this because Dad never liked to be singled out. He didn't like the attention.''
Tony Martone was a part of PAL football for about 50 years in every capacity, including league president. He helped thousands of children learn the game.
"The one thing that we learned growing up is he used to say, 'I wanted them to learn skills, show great sportsmanship and have fun,''' Tim Martone said.