Today is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day up in Canada, and it seems like the perfect time to pass along a story about one of the many tremendous ways that the golf community embraces our veterans.
Back in August, Billy Casper Golf staged the third edition of what it calls the ''World's Largest Golf Outing'' – the golf course management firm hosted more than 10,000 golfers at 110 of its golf courses in 24 states, all on the same day, as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. A few days ago, Casper announced that it raised more than $735,000 for the WWP from this one day alone.
Since the World's Largest Golf outing was created, it has donated more than $1.1 million to WWP, and this year's total shows how incredibly much the event has grown in just three short years. The funds raised came from a portion of entry fees plus donations made online.
''The sacrifice of wounded warriors in the name of our country is humbling,'' said BCG Chairman and CEO Peter Hill. ''Our loyal golfers are commended for turning out in droves this year and raising a fantastic sum for this worthy cause.''
And as fantastic as the money is, it's equally cool to note that the simultaneous golf outing included participation of more than 70 wounded warriors at 27 different courses.
A number of other top golf organizations were involved as well. All the golfers were entered into a drawing to win a grand-prize trip for four to the Nike Campus in Oregon to get fitted for irons. In addition, tournament winners at each course were eligible to win tickets to the 2014 PGA Championship, as well as products from Ahead, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade and Titleist. And the teams with the highest contribution levels received complimentary tees times at BCG courses and WWP merchandise.
Billy Casper Golf also provided some highlights from the various venues:
--Lyman Orchards Golf Club (Middlefield, Conn.) topped all courses with $51,449 in total donations
--Team Calkin – led by a retired Marine – at Alta Vista Country Club (Placentia, Calif.) raised $14,960, outpacing all foursomes
--Four teams raised more than $8,000 each, 10 teams more than $5,000 each
--Jordan Fairchild – born on September 11, 2001 – sang the Star-Spangled Banner at Palmbrook Country Club (Sun City, Ariz.)
--The Claw at USF (Tampa, Fla.) hosted the most wounded warrior golfers (nine)
--10 courses hosted more than 200 golfers
--There was a 21-gun salute to kick off the outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course (Ill.)
--Lincoln Hills Golf Club (Lincoln, Calif.) hosted 307 golfers (120 active or retired military), including personnel from Air Force Base Travis facing off against Air Force Base Beale in a friendly ''Base Battle'' match-play competition (Beale won)
--There were holes-in-one at Lyman Orchards, Bear Creek (Texas) and Eastpointe (Fla.)
--Many courses honored the military with moments of silence; ceremonial first tee shots; standing ovations; national anthems; color guards; patriotic pin flags, tee markers and apparel; and golf carts decorated in red, white and blue
For more information about this year's event or to find out about the 2014 edition, please visit: www.worldslargestgolfouting.com. For more on the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
And to see more from the World's Largest Golf Outing event at Lyman Orchards, check out this video: