Lieutenant Colonel David Nichting, U.S. Army, Retired, died last November at the age of 50 from a brief battle with acute leukemia, but his memory lives on, thanks to his wife and children and five childhood friends who recall his humor, his service to his country and his selfless attitude.
They’ll reflect on what he meant as a soldier, husband, father and friend during the Dave Nichting Memorial Golf Outing, which will take place Sunday, September 1, at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio. The 18-hole, four-person scramble will be followed by a dinner, also at Fowler’s Mill. Tickets are available for both events.
At the request of Dave’s wife, Lisa, and his children, Claire and Jack, a portion of the cost of each ticket to the outing and dinner will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization that helps wounded service men and women with physical and emotional recovery.
It was because of Dave’s others-first nature that his friends began to brainstorm via telephone weekly not long after his death about how to honor his memory. A golf outing seemed like a natural choice, considering the life lessons he and his friends learned while playing the game, according to Joe Harbert, one of the organizers of the upcoming event.
Harbert fondly recalls a golf game in the mid-1980s with Dave and his dad. Before his second shot on a hole bounded by water on one side and a busy Euclid thoroughfare on the other, Dave asked his dad for some advice. His father simply said, “Dave, you’re the one swinging the club.”
“So Dave pulls out a club and he crushes the ball; I mean, he nails it. But to avoid the water, he pulls it. And it takes a huge bounce and lands smack in the middle of East 250th Street. It was hilarious. That memory and that lesson, about controlling the direction of your life and not being afraid to make mistakes, stuck with us.”
In recent years, Dave lived in Virginia, but his friends chose to have the golf outing in his honor here. “This is where it all began for him,” Harbert says.
Tickets for a golf-and-dinner package are $125; a dinner-only option is priced at $60. Donations are also being accepted. For more information about the Dave Nichting Memorial Golf Outing or to purchase tickets/make a donation, visit https://www.facebook.com/DaveNichtingMemorialGolfOuting. Checks payable to DPNMGO can also be sent c/o Joe Harbert to 720 Pebblebrook Dr., Willoughby Hills, OH 44094.