(RESTON, VA) – More than 12,350 golfers, including 567 injured service members, teed it up on Monday, August 3 in the fifth-annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” at 132 courses in 28 states to raise a record $1,024,287 for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
Since its inception in 2011, the World’s Largest Golf Outing has contributed more than $3 million to WWP. A portion of golfers’ entry fees, contests and 100% of donations benefit the organization that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors, their caregivers and families.
This year, Troon, ClubCorp and Toll Golf joined forces with event founder Billy Casper Golf (BCG) to host the fundraiser at courses they manage from Hawaii to Florida.
Highlights from the biggest one-day celebration of golf and charity:
- Alta Vista CC (Placentia, CA) led course fundraising with $52,018
- Team HORN, in memory of Gene Alley, raised $41,550, nearly doubling its goal to remain the No. 1 team for the third consecutive year
- PGA TOUR legend Chi Chi Rodriguez participated at Eagle Marsh Golf Club (Jensen Beach, FL) to support an event dear to his friend and fellow World Golf Hall of Fame member, the late Billy Casper
- In-depth, live coverage on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” from the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National event and two BCG-managed courses in Washington, DC and Orlando, FL
- Two Florida golf courses raised more than $17,000 on event day
- 188 teams earned unique “Challenge Coins” for raising $1,000 or more
- National and local media played side by side with Wounded Warriors
- A Quilt of Valor was donated to WWP alumni at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course (Harrisburg, PA)
- Bill Brooks, the first inductee into the Indianapolis Colts’ “Ring of Honor,” and 30 other NFL stars participated
- Several courses doubled the number of players and tripled donations over last years efforts
- Three Wounded Warriors and a service dog shot an 11-under 60 to win the team contest at High Bridge Hills Golf Club (High Bridge, NJ)
- Holes-in-one at the Slammer & Squire (St. Augustine, FL) and High Bridge Hills Golf Club
- Courses honored the military with moments of silence and standing ovations; decorated golf carts, fairways, tee boxes and greens with flags, toy tanks and patriotic symbols; and active military members on site with tactical Humvees
- Horace Snyder, a 93-year-old Navy and Marines veteran who served in World War II, hit the ceremonial tee shot at Devou Park Golf Course (Covington, KY) and played with his son, Ron, also a Navy veteran
- Enthusiastic contributions from local color guards, fire departments, bagpipers, high school bands, choirs and dance teams performing the national anthem and flag raisings
- Tee times spanned more than seven hours starting on the East Coast and finishing in Hawaii
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“When we recognized a group of Wounded Warriors, there was a five-minute, standing ovation," says Bob Ewing, General Manager at Colony West Golf Club (Tamarac, FL). “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house which shows this event is truly changing the lives of everyone involved.”
“It’s humbling to see this amazing event evolve into an industry-wide initiative,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG who recently accepted WWP’s prestigious Talkhouse Award. “Raising awareness and critical funds for the brave men and women whose sacrifices secure our freedoms is paramount.”
This year’s historic event topped 2014 which saw 12,100 golfers, including 364 wounded warriors, at 118 courses in 27 states raise $887,426 for WWP. World’s Largest Golf Outing contributes to golf’s $4 billion annual charity impact.
“The unwavering support from golfers across the country is beyond words,” says Adam Silva, chief development officer of WWP. “The money raised is helping Wounded Warrior Project create and sustain 20, life-saving programs free of charge to injured veterans and their families.”
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness of, and to enlist the public’s aid in meeting, the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist one another; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL.
More information or to get involved: woundedwarriorproject.org