Despite the cold temperature and local forecasters' promise of rain, nearly 60 people participated in our second annual Turkey Golf Tournament last Saturday, Nov. 1. There was no entry fee, but players were asked to donate one whole turkey or ham for a military family in need. By the day's end, we counted 67 turkeys, all of which will go into care packages for veterans and military families this Thanksgiving.
"This event encouraged people to give back to military families and was a great way to kick off a month that honors our nation's veterans," said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper.
The tournament, which was a 2 Person Scramble, took place at the Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course, a nine hole golf course near the Chillicothe VA Medical Center. The event also included a turkey dinner for the participants, skill prizes for the top players, and a raffle--with an autographed photograph of Clint Eastwood as the most sought after prize.
Some participants traveled from as far as Marion, Ohio to golf in the tournament, while others, like Tim McCoskey and his son Travis (pictured below), live down the street from the golf course and come multiple times each year. Regardless of how far away they lived, most participants agreed they would come back--even in cold weather--to golf again.
Up next at the golf course, Veterans in Transition, Inc. (VITI) will host their 27th annual 5K Walk for Homeless Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 8. The next golf tournament will take place after the new year.