I remember the first time I met Mallory Code. It was a mixed-team event at her home course, Avila Golf and Country Club, and she appeared to have a crush on my partner. She was elementary-school age, and I was in high school (as was my partner). Mallory left a big impression on me that day in Tampa, Fla.
She made a habit of big impressions.
I followed Mallory’s health and career for years after that first meeting, though I never knew her well. When I received word Nov. 9 that she had died at age 25, I immediately thought of how many heavy hearts would be scattered around the country. Her inspiration was far-reaching. Her faith unyielding.
Code fought cystic fibrosis, and the complications that come with it, her entire life. She quit playing golf after her freshman year of college because her body wouldn’t cooperate.
Golf was a family affair in the Code household. All three Code children played for the University of Florida.
Her last brush with the game came in the summer, when the USGA allowed Code the use of a cart to caddie for her father, Brian, at U.S. Senior Amateur qualifying. He didn’t qualify, but that memory will last a lifetime.
Just like so many others.
Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla.
Funeral service: Friday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at Idlewild Baptist
Donations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation