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Plane crash victim remembered by UNF golf team

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Updated: 12/09/2013 5:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The women's golf team at the University of North Florida has only been in existence for two seasons and already it's dealing with tragedy.

Tess Huber was one of the three people on board a plane that crashed into a retention pond south of Craig Airport Sunday night. The 20-year-old Huber, her father, Michael, and sister, Abby, were all killed.

Tess Huber loved the golf course, and for the first time her team is playing without her. UNF women's golf coach JoAnne Steele said the team wanted to play Monday's tournament in Tess' honor.

"It's an incredible loss for the family, for the Ospreys family, and I say family," said Steele. "I mean Tess was a sister to her teammates. I look at her, she was a daughter to me."

The Cessna 310 plane was registered to Michael Huber, 60. He was a dentist in Port St. Lucie where the family is from. Abby, 17, was also on board and just months away from graduating high school.

Tess shot UNF's first ever round under par, but she's known more for her dedication to a program that didn't exist just two years ago. She told a hometown newspaper she wanted to be a part of an emerging program and even wrote UNF a letter expressing her interest.

"She was one of the first commitments and such a special young lady," said UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon, who described her as passionate and outgoing.

That commitment is felt by students on UNF's campus, who were obviously surprised to hear about the loss of one of their own.

"If you're a UNF student, we all feel like we're one big family," said UNF senior Richard Apunte. "So if something happens to one of us, we all feel it."

The men's golf team showed up to a planned golf fundraiser at Deerwood Country Club for moral support. The tournament will now donate some of its proceeds to a fund that could be set up for the family. Tess' bio on the UNF athletics website says Roberta is the wife and mother of the Hubers.

In future years the tournament will be called the Tess Huber Memorial Golf Tournament. There will also be a golf scholarship in her name, targeting high school golf players from south Florida, near Port St. Lucie.

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