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Milner: Gone, but not forgotten

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The Casey-Milner Mountain Golf Tournament is an exclusive couples’ tournament that has been played annually since 1995.

The tournament lost one of its founders this year with the passing of Frankie Milner but her spirit was still evident during the competition and the social activities she loved.

Milner and her son-in-law Bo Casey started the invitation-only tournament. With the fall foliage bursting and the mountains as a backdrop, it’s a tournament those invited rarely miss.

Honoring Milner, an avid golfer who usually played four or five times each week, was a no-brainer.  She began playing around age 50 and never slowed down.

“She probably loved the game more than anyone I have ever known,” said Casey, who is a PGA professional. “She was president of her ladies group at her course and played every weekend.”

Milner might be gone, but she definitely was not forgotten at this year’s tournament. Competitors watched a 15-minute video tribute to her and stories were shared. The next day, a prayer was said and a ceremonial first tee shot was launched in her honor.

Casey said his mother-in-law embodied everything that is good about golf.

“Frankie is what is best about the game of golf,” he said. “She was not a great player but a good player who loved the game. She enjoyed the competition and was the perfect representative for the game of golf.

“I always felt if the PGA would have spent a day with her you would have seen commercials with Frankie representing senior golf and the great joy you receive through this great game. Her spirit will always be a huge part of our tournament as it was this year.” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADSCN2087DSCN2084Milner