Craig “Sky” Hertwig was more than a member at Monroe Golf & Country Club. He was often part of the
He was loud enough to be heard from a few holes away, and at 6-foot-8, the former Georgia and NFL offensive lineman was difficult to miss.
“It didn’t matter where you were on the course, it seemed like you could hear him anywhere,” said Keith Tanner, the club’s head golf professional. “If he was out here, it was impossible not to know it.”
After Hertwig left such an impact on would want to give something back to one of its most well-known members after his death in May at age 60. So the club is hosting the Craig “Sky” Hertwig Memorial Golf Tournament on Oct. 5 in the first of what it hopes to become an annual series honoring the former Bulldogs All-American.
Hertwig was an icon around Athens. He started at offensive tackle from 1972-74, and after three seasons in the NFL, retired from the sport. He then returned to Athens and owned several bars, including Nowhere Bar, The Fifth Quarter and Sky’s Place.
Proceeds from the tournament, which includes a silent auction, live music and food, will go to the Sky Spirit Award, a scholarship fund founded by Hertwig. The fund seemed a perfect fit for what Hertwig was known for by so many around Athens.
“Craig was a giver, not a taker,” said Hertwig’s close friend, club member and former Georgia fullback
“People who were around him know what he was about, and it was helping people. He’d give you whatever he had, and that was just the kind of person he was.”
The tournament is also infused with a bit of Hertwig’s personality. For $10, golfers can line up and see who can throw their putter or wedge the farthest at hole No. 8, where Hertwig was known to toss a club or two when frustrated.
The tournament is a three-person scramble, and there is room for as many as 36 teams. Cost is $125 per player or $375 per team, and registration can be paid in cash or check at Monroe Golf & Country Club, P.O. Box 286, Monoe, GA 30655. For more details, call 770-267-8424.