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Sparky Lyle Honored at Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament May 7

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More than 50 professional athletes will join 180 golfers to honor Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle at the annual Raymond L. Hughes Memorial Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 7. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus and Cy Young Award recipient Sparky Lyle will be the honoree at the 28th Annual Somerset County Park Foundation Raymond L. Hughes Memorial Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Lyle will join local golfers and more than 50 athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, professional boxers, and others on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Neshanic Valley Golf Course at 2301 South Branch Road in Neshanic Station, NJ.

Registration for foursomes for the golf outing and the dinner only will be available at all five Somerset County golf courses. Information is available at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by calling 908-722-1200, ext. 5428.

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The Park Foundation will thank Lyle for his contributions to the Somerset County community over the past two decades and his dedication to the success of the Pro-Celebrity outing. He will be formally honored at the awards dinner following the day of golf.

Lyle was the first American League reliever to capture a Cy Young Award (1977) and ranks among the all-time leaders with 238 career saves. He had a sixteen-year Major League career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago White Sox. Lyle won back-to-back World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.

Lyle served as field manager for the Somerset Patriots from 1998 to 2012. Under his guidance, the Patriots won five Atlantic League Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009), 12 Half Championships, and eight Division Championships, winning over 1,000 games as manager. He was named the Atlantic League Manager of the Year three times (1999, 2003, 2009) in his 15-year managing career.

Lyle was named Manager Emeritus after the 2012 season, and now maintains an active role with the team at the ballpark and throughout the community.      

The Pro Celebrity Tournament is played with groups of five golfers, with each group featuring a celebrity guest. Among the athletes who have participated in recent event are former New York Yankees Sparky Lyle, Goose Gossage, Rick Cerone, Graig Nettles, Tino Martinez and Tommy John; New York Giants Bart Oates, Karl Nelson, Stephen Baker, Bill Ard, Shaun O’Hara and OJ Anderson;

New York Jets Marty Lyons, Bruce Harper, and Kenny Schroy; Major League Baseball players including Mitch Williams, Art Shamsky, Gary Sheffield, Dan Plesac, and Al Santorini;

National Football League players include Ray Lucas, Shawn Mayer, Mike Rozier, Mike Quick, Jeremiah Trotter and Johnny Davis; heavyweight boxers Gerry Cooney and Larry Holmes; and former Rutgers Basketball Coach Eddie Jordan and Football Coach Chris Ash.

The Pro-Celebrity Tournament has raised in excess of $1.1 million for the Somerset County Park Foundation that supports a variety of Park Commission programs with a majority of funding dedicated to the Therapeutic Recreation Department.

Scholarships to Camp Okee Sunokee, a six-week summer day camp structured for children ages 6 through 13 who are classified with a learning disability or Asperger Syndrome, has historically been a primary beneficiary of the outing. Funds are also applied to park and recreation projects that may not otherwise be possible to fund without the support of the Pro-Celebrity event.

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