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Jessica’s House golf tournament to honor Carter Nelson
Carter Nelson
The Inaugural Carter Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Jessica’s House is slated for Oct. 11 at Turlock Golf and Country Club (Photo contributed).

Nearly two years after Carter Nelson passed away tragically, the community is teeing up to remember the young Turlock native while raising funds for Jessica’s House.

The Inaugural Carter Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Jessica’s House will be held this October, and while the tournament has taken place since 2017, it was renamed this year in honor of Carter. Jessica’s House in Turlock recently completed work on its brand-new location on the north side of town and is a grief support program for children, teens and young adults who have lost a loved one. 

Carter was the son of Bryan Nelson and Jessica’s House founder and executive director Erin Nelson. He passed away at age 20 on Sept. 24, 2019, after he succumbed to injuries sustained in a solo vehicle accident — a loss which shook the Turlock community. 

“It was a unanimous and heartfelt committee decision to rename our annual tournament in memory of Carter,” said Mark Kirkes, chair of the golf benefit. “Among many things, Carter loved to golf and participated in a junior golf program for several years. He also had a special place in his heart for Jessica’s House. Our committee members treasure Carter deeply.”

At the time of the accident, an outpouring of support for the Nelsons flowed throughout Turlock’s streets. He is remembered by his passion for cars and a deep love for his family. Following his death, Linda Stuhmer, the chief executive officer and president of EMC Health, Inc., which oversees Jessica’s House, released a statement on behalf of Jessica’s House.

“Carter was bright, creative, and kind. He was just 20 years old when he died on Tuesday night in an accident. He dreamed of many things, including becoming a professional engine builder. He lived with gusto and loved revving his engine and fast cars. Carter found great joy building motors, working on cars, and helping others with theirs. His hands were always covered in grease,” the statement said.

“He also loved singing, playing the piano and songwriting. He was purposeful and focused. He was authentic, articulate, and compassionate. Carter Nelson will live forever in the deepest part of our hearts. The black and white checkered flag has been waved. Carter has crossed the finish line.”

The Inaugural Carter Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Jessica’s House is slated for October 11 at Turlock Golf and Country Club. Player check-in begins at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at noon. Tournament fees for the Jessica’s House benefit are $600 for a foursome. Tournament registration is now open and is limited to 144 players. Register by email at