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Disc golf tournament honors Albany man

Disc Golf tournament (Source: WALB) Disc Golf tournament (Source: WALB)
Mike Griner, organizer (Source: WALB) Mike Griner, organizer (Source: WALB)
Top players from across the southeast came out to compete (Source: WALB) Top players from across the southeast came out to compete (Source: WALB)
"What a great way to honor him," said Stuart Franklin, Josh's brother (Source: WALB) "What a great way to honor him," said Stuart Franklin, Josh's brother (Source: WALB)
Dustin Perry, Individual collegiate champion (Source: WALB) Dustin Perry, Individual collegiate champion (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 The memory of Joshua Franklin, killed in a drunk driving accident nine years ago, lives on through a disc golf tournament. 

One family is honoring the memory of a son and brother by bringing in hundreds of people for one of their favorite sporting activities. 

The ninth annual Joshua Franklin Memorial tournament began Saturday morning inside Chehaw park.

Professional and amateur players from all over the south are competing on the 22-hole course.

"Our first year we had maybe 25 players. Now we usually have a waiting list and a full 88 players field this year," said organizer Mike Griner. 

The tournament is helped organized by Stuart Franklin. The last thing he did with his brothers before his passing was a game of disc golf. 

"It's something we look forward to every year. Its unfortunate what happen but its a great way to honor him. It's just beautiful out here at Chehaw and every year, the players, they just keep coming back," said Stuart Franklin, Josh's brother. 

Organizers are especially excited this year.

Masters disc golf champion, the collegiate world champion and other top players came out to celebrate and compete. 

"As any player, regardless as where you are as a player, this is one of the best tournaments to come to just because of how you are going to be treated," said Dustin Perry, individual collegiate champion. 

Although Josh could not be here, organizers, players and Josh's brothers say his spirit lives on through the course. 

"He would think it's just a great thing that we keep doing and I would think that he's very proud of us," said Franklin. 

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