The 4th of July is one of the most celebrated days of the year, for obvious reasons. However, the 6th of July was also a day of remembrance, providing an opportunity to celebrate the life of Rusty Mazzie. Mazzie passed away in May of 2009. He was an integral part of the community for several years, coaching several levels of baseball and basketball. He touched the lives of our youth in so many ways. He will not soon be forgotten.
July 6th was the 1st annual Rusty Mazzie Memorial Scholarship Fund golf scramble, held at the Clarksburg County Club. The main organizer of the golf tournament was Michael Koreski, Rusty's cousin and Assistant Baseball Coach for Notre Dame High School. Two others that were instrumental in the success of this event were Notre Dame Head Baseball Coach, Patrick Marozzi, and Clarksburg County Club Golf Professional, Doug Comer. Comer had been a lifelong friend of Mazzie and spoke of their deep rooted relationship. “If you lived in North View and you were born in 1968-1970, you knew each other from the diaper. The community is such a tight knit group and is such a great place to grow up.”
The event was tremendous success, as 17 teams took part in the scramble. Many more were in attendance to pay tribute. “You just can’t pay tribute enough. This is a drop in the well…having an event like this with his name on it, for what he gave back to the community,” stressed Comer.
I, personally, had a wonderful friendship with Rusty. I was very impressed with his ability to be very competitive, while playing and coaching various sports, but at the same time, was constantly mentoring and demonstrating good sportsmanship. I wasn’t the only one to notice these attributes, as Comer reflected, “He had such a great attitude towards life and he was always smiling.” Playing in this event was very special to me and my teammates. I was honored to be part of the winning team, Team Gen-Rx. Lead by our team captain and sponsor, Matt Genin, along with Aaron Helmick and Alden Butcher, we claimed first place. The win meant a lot to Genin because of his admiration for Rusty. “Rusty was the type of guy that was always selfless. He always put everyone else’s needs in front of his own. To take part in this event was very special.”, remarked Genin.
It was a smoldering day on the links and I have to admit there were times when I wanted to throw in the towel. Every time that thought crossed my mind, I would remind myself that it was the one thing that Rusty would never do. He taught us to never give up, no matter what the score or the circumstance. His teams won with class and they lost with class. If you didn’t know the outcome and you saw Rusty right after a game, you couldn’t tell if they had won or lost because he always wore the same smile. That is what I miss the most. To win any golf scramble is fantastic, but to win this one left me with a humble feeling deep inside. It was a day of remembrance that so many of us will never forget.