Grand Finale for Spike tournament

Spike Dykes finale Saturday at Delaware Springs.

The grand finale of the Kids Care-A-Van Classic will be June 16-17.

It will be a send off for Spike Dykes, the Texas Tech University coach who helped organize the event to raise money to provide health care for the needy kids in the Highland Lakes.

Dykes passed April 10. He was 79.

“It’s a huge loss,’’ said Susan Bellard, a friend and wife of coach Emory Bellard. “This was going to be the last tournament.’’

Dykes, who has lived the Horseshoe Bay for almost two decades, had teamed with Bellard to start the Kids Care-A-Van Classic.

The annual golf tournament and tailgate party raises money to provide heath care for needy kids in the Highland Lakes.

More than $2 million has been raised through the endowment in 14 years.

“We had been talking about this being the last one,’’ said Becky Fox, director of development for the hospital.

“This was going to be the grand finale. We’re going to make sure it honors him well.’’

Fox said she had talked to Dykes often over the last few months.

“He was always wanting to make sure that we continue to work to help the kids, that was important to him.’’ Fox said.

The tailgate party is 6 p.m. Friday at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes. The golf event is a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start Saturday at Delaware Springs Golf Course.

Persons can contact Fox for more information  at 512 715-3367 or bfox@seton.org

The grand finale of the Kids Care-A-Van Classic will be June 16-17.

It will be a send off for Spike Dykes, the Texas Tech University coach who helped organize the event to raise money to provide health care for the needy kids in the Highland Lakes.

Dykes passed April 10. He was 79.

“It’s a huge loss,’’ said Susan Bellard, a friend and wife of coach Emory Bellard. “This was going to be the last tournament.’’

Dykes, who has lived the Horseshoe Bay for almost two decades, had teamed with Bellard to start the Kids Care-A-Van Classic.

The annual golf tournament and tailgate party raises money to provide heath care for needy kids in the Highland Lakes.

More than $2 million has been raised through the endowment in 14 years.

“We had been talking about this being the last one,’’ said Becky Fox, director of development for the hospital.

“This was going to be the grand finale. We’re going to make sure it honors him well.’’

Fox said she had talked to Dykes often over the last few months.

“He was always wanting to make sure that we continue to work to help the kids, that was important to him.’’ Fox said.

The tailgate party is 6 p.m. Friday at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes. The golf event is a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start Saturday at Delaware Springs Golf Course.

Persons can contact Fox for more information  at 512 715-3367 or bfox@seton.org

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