The Braden Bailess Memorial Golf Tournament began in 2006 as a way to remember the life of Braden, son of Doug and Claudia Bailess, while raising funds for various charitable organizations. Braden was an avid golfer at Westfield High School, joining the U. S. Marine Corp after graduation. He served in the 2nd LAR BN, 2nd Marine Division. Tragically, Braden lost his life in an automobile accident in July of 2002. Each year the tournament raises funds for worthwhile causes.