Officer Grant Turner Memorial Baseball Tournament
Mid Atlantic Tournament Baseball (MATB) and the General’s Highway Athletic Association are honored to partner with the Grant Turner Memorial Fund to bring to you the 2018 Annapolis Open®.
The Annapolis Open® Baseball Tournament began operating in 2005 with the first tournament held in March 2006 at General's Highway Corridor Park. The Open is in memory of Officer Grant Turner, a young man who loved baseball in his brief and illustrious life. The Annapolis Open supports the Grant Turner Memorial Fund, which provides college scholarships, in Grant's name1, to local high school students.
The Annapolis Open® will be held on March 23rd, 24th and 25th of 2018 and is sponsored by MATB, with support from the Generals Highway Athletic Association, Maryland Diamond Umpires Association, members of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA Police) and the Turner family.
About Grant Turner
Grant, the son of Nancy and Phil Turner, Sr., was born on March 15, 1981 in Annapolis, Maryland. Grant spent his childhood growing up with his parents, his sister, Melissa Kahl, and brother Philip, Jr. in Riva, Maryland. Grant, a 1999 graduate of South River High School was a member of the Boy Scouts of America (Troop #454), in Davidsonville, Maryland and the Maryland Mud Bugs Four Wheelers Club. Grant was exuberant about life and enjoyed everything outdoors, to include, hunting, sports, camping, and more.
As a young boy, Grant participated in soccer, football, lacrosse, basketball, and his favorite sport baseball. His love and passion for baseball was the motivational factor that drove him, as a high school student, to become a certified umpire with the Maryland Diamond Umpire Association. In 2001, Grant was invited to umpire, for a week, at the Little League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
In September of 2004, Grant proposed Jennifer Carr and a September 2005 wedding was planned. Grant and Jen, who knew each other since they were teenagers, resided in Crofton, Maryland, and were excited to start their family.
Like so many family members before him, Grant entered the field of law enforcement, in January 2005, by joining the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA). Among those family members who walked the beat before him were: Elon Turner, the first sheriff of Prince George’s County; William Hadel Muhl, the one-armed Constable of Baltimore City; Agent Paul Turner, FBI; Timothy Broderick, Baltimore City Police; Sergeant Frank Muhl, Tuscon, Arizona; Officer Mike Fahey, Farmington, New Mexico; best friend Trooper 1st Class Jason Lambert, Maryland State Police; and his loving father, Philip L. Turner, retired Sergeant of the Annapolis City Police and retired Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Grant was a proud member of MDTA Police Department Class #37. Grant’s death occurred a mere 5 weeks before his graduation from the academy. At the time of his death, Grant had fulfilled all of the qualifications required by the Maryland Police Training Commission and was ranked #3 in his academy class. In addition, he was on the Deans Honor’s List at the Baltimore County Community College.
It is fitting that Grant’s final sacrifice was part of his MDTA Police Department academy training. Class #37 was participating in the Duke Aaron 5K Memorial Run, to honor a fallen hero and raise funds for the MDTA Widows and Orphans Fund. Grant had just completed the 5K run, ranking 64th out of a field of 99 runners, when he collapsed to the ground after turning in his scorecard. Despite valiant efforts of the medical personnel on hand, Grant passed away.
Grant’s life may have been short but his life was filled with joy, love, passion, energy, and a commitment to those who shared his life. Grant exuded warmth and wit, humor and happiness, and an enduring spirit. He left behind many loved ones who cherish their memories of life with Grant: his loving fiancée Jennifer; his parents Phil and Nancy; sister and brother Melissa and Philip; his brother-in-law Steve Kahl, and nieces and nephews Kayleigh, Justine, Brandon, and Ryan; and his grandmothers Agnes Turner Gimbel and Ilean Brinkmeyer. Grant was welcomed into glory by his grandfathers, John Turner, Kenneth Brinkmeyer, and John Gimbel.
The Annapolis Open is dedicated to the memory of Grant and exudes his passion for life and love of this tremendous game.