CHATHAM, NJ - Since 2005, Chatham High student-athletes have been awarded scholarships in honor of E.J. Schmeltz, who died suddenly during his training as an Air Force Cadet that same year.

The annual E.J. Schmeltz Memorial Golf Tournament, which helps fund the scholarships, is set for Monday, Sept. 10 at the Basking Ridge Country Club. There will be a $25,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a par-three hole this year, as well as other prizes.

Schmeltz spent his entire life in Chatham. He was a standout baseball and football player, captain of the football team, and was Chatham High’s male scholar-athlete of 2004. He received seven varsity letters during his high school career as well as two Bell Awards for academics and the Anthony Mack Sportsmanship Award.

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He also was a talented artist and musician, but his passion was flying. He began instruction early on and soloed at age 16. He received his private pilot’s license shortly after his 17th birthday. In his first semester at USAFA, Schmeltz was twice named Cadet of the Month and earned the Dean’s List Wreath and the Commandant’s Star for military excellence.

For information on registering for the tournament, contact Bill Jayne at