Joshua Worthington was an "amazing athlete" and bright student.

Joshua Worthington was an "amazing athlete" and bright student.

But his life and those of two friends, Lucas Carmean and Brandon Kent, ended tragically in the early morning hours of Christmas 2004 when Donald Lee Richardson drove the wrong way on Interstate 71 near the Ohio State University campus.

Richardson, who had a history of drunk driving, survived the collision.

The three Grove City residents did not.

The family and friends of Joshua Worthington have vowed never to forget him.

The fourth annual Joshua R. Worthington Memorial Golf Outing will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Foxfire Golf Club, 10799 State Route 104 in Lockbourne.

The outing so far has raised $37,500 for 15 Grove City High School students awarded the Joshua R. Worthington Memorial Scholarship.

"It helped me out a lot, especially because a lot of Division III schools don't offer a lot of scholarships," said 2006 recipient Stephanie Smith.

Smith, 20, now plays basketball and studies English and communications at Washington and Jefferson College, a private school near Pittsburgh. She said she'd like to work in sports journalism and has received and internship with ESPN.

Smith grew up with Worthington, whom she called an "amazing athlete," and thinks about him often.

"It's rough," she said. "I don't think it gets much easier, but his memory will always be there."

Recipients of the scholarship must complete an essay and go through a selection process by his parents, Rick Worthington and Kim Worthington-Waits, as well as his aunt Sherrie Worthington.

"They should mirror the way our son was," his mother said. "They represent his name and his scholarship."

Joshua Worthington was an all-league quarterback who also had a good grade-point average, his father said.

"We also feel that the characteristics we're looking for are good grades," Rich Worthington added.

This year there were three recipients chosen in May who each received $2,500.

Each year the golf outing sees about 270 participants, according to Rick Worthington.

"The goal of the golf outing is to get enough to give away the scholarships," he said.

Registration for the outing starts at 11 a.m. at Foxfire with a shotgun start at noon. By 5 p.m. there will be an award dinner for first and second place teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt achievements.

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