HOMETOWN HERO: Canon Claycomb

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- Canon Claycomb is currently a resident of Orlando, Florida but he'll be the first person to tell you Bowling Green is his home.

When Mason Goodnight unexpectedly passed away from bacterial meningitis in April of 2017, Canon wanted to make sure his story was told all across the country.

"I definitely have a spot in my heart for that family," Claycomb said. "No doubt what I do on the golf course I definitely have them in mind at all times."

With the help of the American Junior Golf Association and sponsors, Canon coordinated the inaugural Mason Cup to raise money for the Mason Goodnight Foundation and brought in more than 20 of the top junior golfers in the country, with many of those already committed to some of the top schools like Duke and Alabama, and even brought in Luke Poulter, the son of PGA Tour golfer and Ryder Cup standout Ian Poulter.

"It was so much fun to play and be a part of it," Poulter said. "Playing for Mason was great.

"Beating Cooper (Claycomb) today was fun and playing with Canon was a good time."

"The golf course was amazing, just about perfect," Canon's future roommate JP Cave said. "It was great to be able to come up here and play at such a nice place and be a part of such a great event."

Canon took a sport that is very special to him and one that Mason loved and turned it into a memorable weekend at the Club of Olde Stone.

The junior golfers alone raised $40,000 and after other sponsorships, donations and expenses, nearly $75,000 will go towards the Mason Goodnight Foundation.

"We can't say enough how proud we are of Canon, and Cooper, and the Claycomb's," Jef Goodnight said. "And for them reaching out to do this and to take Mason's name and keep it going and alive."

"We surpassed our goal and it feels good," Canon said about the Mason Cup. "I know Jef and Janna's main goal is to get the whole sixth grade class to (Washington) D.C. so we're one step closer to that and it was a good time.

"Year two we're going to do bigger and better. Expect the same caliber players and same caliber golf course so come out."

For his efforts in bringing the first-ever Mason Cup to South Central, Kentucky, we honor Canon Claycomb as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.

Canon has already committed to the University of Alabama in 2020 and will represent his country as a member of Team USA at the upcoming Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris Sep. 24th and 25th.