A Labor Day weekend 100th birthday celebration golf tournament is planned at Twin Falls State Park on Saturday, Aug. 31 in honor of longtime high school basketball coach and golfer Lewis D'Antoni, who becomes a centenarian this year.
D'Antoni was born in 1913 and grew up to be a standout athlete at Mullens High School in Wyoming County. He attended Concord College, where he was a four-year letterman, team captain, and all-conference player in football and basketball. Lewis also lettered in tennis.
After college, he began his career in education. He then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before resuming his career in education. He went on to become one of West Virginia's great high school coaches. He later coached at Chesapeake High School in Ohio. His combined experience led to more than 450 victories and one state championship while at Mullens. He served 11 years as principal at Mullens High School and 12 years as assistant principal at Chesapeake High School.
D'Antoni, with his late wife Betty Jo, is the father of Kathy, Mike, Dan, and Mark. Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team, is scheduled to play in the tournament.
The two-person scramble format is open to the public. Cost is $30 a person and includes a shared cart. It is a shotgun start beginning at 9:30 a.m. Reservations for the tournament are required in advance. Call 304-294-4044 to sign up.