‘Swing for Home’ Golf Tourney benefits veterans

First Posted: 4/1/2014

The “Swing for Home” Golf Tourney will be held at 10 a.m. on April 21 at Huntsville Golf Club to benefit the Home Base Foundation which identifies, motivates and clinically treats returning service members with combat stress and traumatic brain injury, and provides support and education for their families. Rain date is April 28.

Cost os $100 per player ($400/team) and includes the use of range and putting green starting at 9 a.m., continental breakfast, green fees and cart, use of locker room, lunch and prizes. Cash bar will be available. The tournament is a Captain and Crew format with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Tournament organizers Andrea O’Neill, of Mountain Top, and Mary Wargo, of Dallas, are participants in the 2014 Run to Home Base that benefits the Home Base Foundation.

This program partners with Massachusetts General Hospital, Major League Baseball and the Department of Defense, among others, to provide “clinical care and support services to Iraq and Afghanistan service members, veterans and their families who are affected by combat-related stress or traumatic brain injury (TBI).” The program offers “clinical and community education and conducts research to improve treatment and understanding of Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD) and TBI.

Each participant in the Run to Home Base is required to raise at least $750 for the Home Base Program, which makes Mary and Andrea’s total commitment $1500. After meeting to discuss how they would go about raising the money, the connections became obvious – Andrea worked at Huntsville on the Greens and Grounds crew for 10 years, and Mary’s husband, Chris, continues to be employed there after 20 years. The two met with Head Golf Pro and Director of Instruction Matt Occhiato and, after only a few minutes, the Swing for Home Golf Tournament was born.

Approximately 300,000 veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan are currently suffering from PTSD or major depression and about 320,000 may have experienced TBI during deployment. In 2012, more U.S. servicemen died by their own hands than in battle.

Huntsville Golf Club is a Reese Jones private club opened in 1994. It was the runner up for Best New Private Course in 1995, which later named Huntsville’s iconic second hole as one of the top 500 Holes in the World. Golf Week also named Huntsville Golf Club as one of America’s 100 Best Modern Courses.

For many golfers in the area, Huntsville has been out of their reach, but they now have the opportunity to experience it.

Deadline to register is Monday, April 14 and checks should be made payable to Swing for Home Golf Tourney, 213 Beech St., Shavertown, PA 18708. You will receive an email confirmation. For more information, email swing4home@gmail.com.

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