Clubs for Troops
The NCGA’s Clubs for Troops program is at it again. In NCGA Golf’s summer edition, a story of sending donated clubs to America’s overseas troops was highlighted. After the magazine’s publication, a call for donations for another set of troops in Afghanistan was received:
“I have been assigned to organize a major base-wide golfing event at my current station and due to the volume of people we are expecting to participate I am in desperate need of golf balls and clubs. The impact of any donations I receive will be a huge appreciation not only to the event but to everyone participating. The event is mainly being organized to help boost morale, build unit cohesion, and help our avid golfers maintain their swing.”
Dorothy Bentley, NCGA director of administration, yet again heeded the call to action and gathered four parcels of clubs, balls and event prizes in the form of magazines, hats and shirts to ship overseas. After the event, called “Golf at the Pond deployed,” Ms. Bentley heard back from the coordinating sergeant about its smashing success. The event included a cookout to go along with a closest to the pin contest and a target practice + short shot contest. Desert golf wouldn’t be complete without hitting golf balls off cardboard launching pads. The event not only boosted morale, but also raised money through the group S.T.A.R.S at Travis Air Force Base, located outside of Fairfield, Calif., for the 5/6 committee.
“In just the 2 hours we hosted “Golf at the Pond deployed” we were able to raise almost $1000 toward the 5/6 committee. Along with your donations and a few others received from other soldiers we were able to go above and beyond what was expected. Without your donations it would not have been possible.”
In a thank you card received at the NCGA and signed by many participating military members, a soldier named Craig summed up the event – “Most fun I had in Afghanistan!”
More images of the “Golf at the Pond deployed” event can be seen on Facebook.