New golf tournament benefits wounded veterans

Golfers of every stripe are invited to participate in a brand-new tournament in Peachtree City that will raise funds to benefit wounded military personnel through Operation Homefront, a national non-profit based in San Antonia, Texas and Kennesaw, Georgia.

The tournament, dubbed the “Peachtree City Invitational”, begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 18 with military fly-overs performed by Peachtree City-based Commemorative Air Force and Hampton-based Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. The former is renowned for its assemblage of vintage, fixed-wing warbirds, while the latter restores, maintains and flies primarily helicopters, including the Vietnam War-era Apache and Blackhawk aircraft.

A shotgun start at 11:30 will be followed by St. Augustine-style tournament play. As part of the fun, hole-in-one prizes as well as straightest-drive and closest-to-the-pin competitions are also planned. Hole-in-one prizes will be provided by John’s Golf Carts and Commemorative Air Force.

The title sponsor for this first-ever event is The Home Depot, with Cox Enterprises also serving as a sponsor. Chick-fil-A is supporting the event with lunchtime sandwiches, and Coca-Cola is donating drinks.

The event will conclude with a score-posting party, including a steak dinner and testimonies from wounded veterans who have benefitted from the work of Operation Homefront.

Ninety-three percent of all the money raised will go directly to needy military personnel, says event organizer Bill Whitehouse, a retired financial advisor, former airline pilot and military veteran. His leadership team also includes Steve King and Lt. Gen. Brian Arnold (Ret.).

Individuals and teams are welcome to register, which can be done at www.OperationHomefront.net/peachtree. More details are also available by calling 240-297-7202.

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