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 It takes a lot of determination and focus to win a state championship in high school golf. Martin helped Spain Park accomplish that earlier this year, ensuring his hard work paid off.

"It felt really good this time around because of my first year as a freshman," Martin said. "I was the youngest guy on the team. Now that I'm an upperclassman, I get to see the younger players come along with us. It was kind of cool to see a good season capped off with a great win."

Martin's greatest accomplishment might be something that has nothing to do with high school golf. Patrick's grandfather, Harvey Martin, passed away from prostate cancer in 2009. So Patrick decided to start a golf tournament in his grandfather's honor.

"At first, it was just a couple of my friends," Martin said. "We played all of the time in the summer. We had these little tournaments that we made. I figured we'd do one in honor of my grandfather."

"I think it's a good way to spread junior golf and raise money for a good cause," Martin said.

"It warms my heart," Patrick's father Greg Martin said. "This thing grew as more people found out that they were having the tournament, more people wanted to participate. It was just going to be a gathering of about six to ten kids. Before we kicked off the very first inaugural event, we ended up with about 40 boys and girls."

"Most of every family has had somebody affected by the disease," Patrick said. "I think it would be a great way to spread awareness and honor a man that was very special to me.

The money raised from Patrick's tournaments go to The Bruno Cancer Center at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham. The family says the tournaments have raised over $35,000 dollars for cancer research.

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