Friends and family played it forward Monday morning in memory of Michael Ness.
"He was actually, probably my best friend," said tournament participant Mike Triana.
Liz Ness-Wobschall, Michael's mother said,"It has been a healing process to put this wonderful event together. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the response we have gotten for this [event] and since our tragedy."
Michael died last year from injuries after a house fire in his home last year. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital where he was treated.
"The Connecticut Burn Center is an amazing medical unit in the state of Connecticut. They provide amazing care. The nurses, doctors, everybody is so warm and caring and passionate and great at what they do. To continue their hard work by putting together something as fun as this was a no brainer for us," said Michael's brother Matthew Ness who organized the tournament.
"They were phenomenal to us during the entire time that Michael and his friends were their burn unit and they are people that go above and beyond every single day to not only treat their patients, but treat the family as well," added Michael's mother.
Friends and former teammates say playing in the tournament is a way of keeping Michael's memory alive.
"Mike went to One Stop on Connecticut Avenue the night we graduated high school and he bought two cigars, one for him and one for me. Even before he passed I told him I would hold on to it until I graduated from college, which I did last weekend. Then I thought about it and I said to myself I rather light the cigar on the course today," said Triana.
Danny Marin played lacrosse with Michael at Brien McMahon High School. "It's definitely a fun thing. A lot of people here don't even play golf and the fact that they are here attempting to play means a lot. They want to do it for Mike. I'm doing it for Mike. It's my first time playing golf, all 18 holes. It's going to be hard but I'm doing it for Mike because I know he would be out here trying it just like I am."