Missouri State freshman golfer Sam Holmes dies at 19

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Missouri State freshman golfer Sam Holmes dies at 19

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Missouri State freshman golfer Sam Holmes dies at 19

Missouri State freshman golfer Sam Holmes, who died Friday at 19 years old, was widely regarded as a generous person who put others before himself.

“Sam was a remarkable young man whose generosity and selflessness affected so many people,” Missouri State head coach Neal Stafford said. “Our golf family is hurting deeply, and we will miss Sam and the joy he brought us.”

Holmes’ obituary posted by the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home of Springfield, Mo., included this line: “The decision to escape his pain was the one time he put himself first.”

Holmes “ended his own life” after fighting a long battle with anxiety and depression, the obituary added. He is survived by his parents, Tim and Mary Jane, and sister, Mary.

Holmes’ obituary also read:

Sam lived a full life, excelling in everything he did. He played golf since he was four, and competed for Glendale High School – where he helped take his team to the state title and finished fifth individually and was proud to compete for the Missouri State University Golf Team. He was a deep thinker who touched many lives with his quiet, supportive demeanor. He loved animals, especially his Doberman Bruno.

“On behalf of Missouri State University and the athletic department, we want to express our condolences to the Holmes family,” Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats said in a statement. “Our golf team lost a brother, and we are heartbroken for them. Sam had a positive impact on the Bears family and touched so many lives.”

Holmes was born Nov. 3, 1997, in Springfield, Mo. and attended Glendale High School before signing with Missouri State. He was in the middle of his freshman season with the Bears and had played one event before his death.

Missouri State’s only home meet of the season, the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, begins Monday at Twin Oaks Golf and Country Club, and will be played in honor of Sam.

Visitation will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will be held at The Venues, 2616 E. Battlefield in Springfield, at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Missouri State University Foundation (Meyer Alumni Center, 300 South Jefferson, Suite 100, Springfield, MO 65806), in care of the men’s golf program.

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