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Hiddenbrooke GC and Lincoln Hills To Be Part of ‘World’s Largest Golf Outing’

Hiddenbrooke GC and Lincoln Hills Part of ‘World’s Largest Golf Outing’

July 30, 2014

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Former Masters champion Billy Casper is aiming to give back to the troops again.

On Monday, August 11, Billy Casper Golf, the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S., will host the fourth annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” with a goal of raising $1 million for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Over 115 Billy Casper Golf courses across America are participating in this year’s event, including Lincoln Hills GC in Lincoln and Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo. The events at each course will be a four-person, 18 hole or 9 hole scramble. Registration fees will include a $10 per player donation to WWP.

Last year, Lincoln Hills hosted 307 players (120 active or retired military) including personnel from Air Force Base Travis and Air Force Beale. The two ended up having a friendly “Base Battle” match play competition.

The World’s Largest Golf Outing is open to all players regardless of ability, and a USGA handicap is not required.

With nearly $250,000 raised for WWP and 6,650 registered players to date, BCG hopes to reach $1,000,000 from this year’s event, eclipsing a record-setting $735,000 and 10,000 golfers in 2013.

For Casper, a veteran himself, the event hits home.

“I was in the Navy and saw, first-hand, the effects of front-line combat,” said Casper, the BCG namesake and also the winner of two U.S. Opens.  “We appeal to you to participate in the World’s Largest Golf Outing to improve the lives of injured service men and women, as well as their families.”

The World’s Largest Golf Outing was created in 2011 when Peter Hill, CEO of Billy Casper Golf, thought of the idea of having all BCG golf courses hold a golf outing on the same day. Hill then took it further, with the idea of having the event make a difference. And so WLGO was born by combing two of the company’s passions – playing golf and giving back.

“Support for this meaningful event continues to grow and the amount of donations given by Billy Casper Golf’s loyal golfers to date is awe inspiring,” Hill said. “In just two weeks’ time, the nation will see thousands of people come together to give back to our veterans.”

A national organization, WWP’s mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors – some of whom will be playing in the World’s Largest Golf Outing.

“The outpouring from across the country has been amazing,” said Sergeant Robert Maier, an injured service member who survived two IED attacks and played in the 2013 World’s Largest Golf Outing.  “The money raised does wondrous things for us and our families.”

All players are eligible to win a trip for four to the Nike Campus in Beaverton, OR, for custom club-fitting and other merchandise.  The top fundraising team will win a trip for four to Pinehurst Resort (NC), site of the 2014 men’s and women’s U.S. Open Championships, to play the famous No. 2 golf course and stay at the iconic Carolina Hotel.

Throughout his career, Casper had to contend with the Big Three—Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. From 1964 to 1970 though, Casper was even more lethal. He’d win 27 U.S. events in the span, six more than Palmer and Player combined and two more than Nicklaus.

Still regarded as one of the greatest putters ever, Casper had a higher winning percentage than Palmer, won twice as many times on the PGA Tour as Player, and during his career finished in the top twenty-five more consistently than Nicklaus.

For more info on the World’s Largest Golf Outing, please visit www.worldslargestgolfouting.com.

-Jerry Stewart

 

Author: Jerry Stewart

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