I had the honor of playing in the Annual Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at Lake of the Woods, Va. on Saturday, June 15th. The event featured 23 teams and raised over $7,000 for the Quantico Chapter of the Wounded Warrior’s Project. I play in many charitable golf outings during the year, all very worthwhile causes; however, this particular one that honors those courageous young men and women who have placed their country above their own safety needs, always touches me in a very profound way. It was a spectacular day, low humidity, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. My foursome consisted of myself, Gordon and octogenarian who’s is consistent as they come and when he wasn’t draining the first put as our lead-off putter, always gave us a clear line of the break of the putt. Dave, one of the most consistent golfers I play with, and the Lake of the Woods Club Champion in the past and always a contender and Sandy, who in addition to being the most accomplished golfer here at Lake of the Woods, I discovered is also money in the clutch- as she always split the fairway when her teammates were looking for their balls in the woods. She was won the long-drive competition in the tournament as well. My major contribution to the team was my uncanny ability to select great teammates!! We started the round with 1 eagle, 9 birdies, and 1 par making us 11 under through the first 11 holes. We stalled out with five consecutive tap-in pars in a row- before righting the ship with back-to back birdies on the last two holes to finish with a 58 and a 2 stroke margin for the victory!! The luncheon that followed was a classic make-your-own Dagwood Sandwich (for those old enough to remember Blondie & Dagwood) with potato salad, chips, etc. The ladies (Claretta, Mae and the rest) always do an outstanding job with outing and providing quick meals at the turn or when the round is over. The club pro, Rea Hardgrave is always a great host and those who were responsible for securing the many hole sponsors and players should all be commended for an outstanding tribute to the brave men and women in our armed forces.
Food: (5 / 5) Course: (3 / 5) Staff: (4 / 5)