Golfers Celebrate Veterans on Labor Day

Published 09/01 2014 04:04PM

Updated 09/01 2014 05:19PM

BLOOMINGTON - It's the ultimate labor of love and frustration, otherwise known as golf. And nationwide, Labor Day is becoming a way for many golfers to give back to veterans.

Joe Blankley has made this course a Labor Day tradition for the better part of decade now, and each shot he takes is a reminder of those who paved the way for his chance to play.

"Real good feeling down deep inside and people who need the money or need the program, they appreciate it dramatically, greatly, and it's a good play,” said Blankley.

Nationally, many golf courses are calling this long weekend Patriot Golf Day.

"It's kind of like Labor Day and Memorial Day wrapped up into one,” explained Bloomington golfer Jeff Reimer.

It was started by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association to raise funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled in service

And knowing the sacrifices veterans have made are essential to their freedom makes the reasons they donate clear.

"You follow the news quite closely and the stuff that's going on in the Middle East, having been stationed in the Middle East for a little while and you can associate the things that are happening with them,” said Maj. Bruce Woodcock, a retired member of the Air Force.

So, out here each swing is savored, even if the results aren't always what they'd hoped for.

"There's still that camaraderie,” said Woodcock.

"I grew up in a rural area, and a lot of the kids that I grew up in school with enlisted in the Marines and other military. A lot of my relatives are, but I appreciate what they do,” said Reimer.

The golfers who participate in patriot golf day will donate $1 extra to their green fees to the Folds of Honor Foundation. Many courses around town are also chipping in with raffles and closest to the pin competitions.

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