The fifth annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” will be held on Monday, August 3 to benefit Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
Get in the Game
Registration is now open for the simultaneous golf outing that is expected to be played at more than 150 courses from New England to Hawaii. For the second-consecutive year, more than 100 BCG-managed courses and additional courses will host the highly emotional event open to all golfers regardless of ability; a USGA handicap is not required.
Part of event proceeds and 100% of donations from players and non-players benefit WWP, the national organization that honors and empowers injured service men and women, their caregivers and families – some of whom will play in the World’s Largest Golf Outing. Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds; donations to WWP unrelated to playing golf are made at www.worldslargestgolfouting.com.
Last year 12,100 golfers, including 364 injured service members, at 110 courses in 27 states raised more than $887,000 for WWP, the largest amount ever from a single-day golf event. This topped 2013 when 10,000 golfers raised $735,000. Since 2011, more than $2,000,000 has been donated in support of WWP programs and services.
To date, more than 8,100 golfers have committed for 2015.
“Our dear friend Billy Casper instilled a culture of helping others,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG, of the golf legend who, at 83, passed away in early February. “Billy’s spirit lives on through everyone participating in the World’s Largest Golf Outing; giving back to the brave men and women who protect our daily freedoms meant so much to him.”
After the 2014 event, Billy Casper issued a challenge to America to raise more than $1,000,000 this year and, says Hill, “We can’t let him down.”
“Over the past five years, the generosity of golfers nationwide has been awe-inspiring,” says Adam Silva, chief development officer for WWP. “We are proud to continue uniting with Billy Casper Golf to make meaningful differences in the lives of the injured veterans, their caregivers and families we so humbly serve.”
Highlights from the 2014 World’s Largest Golf Outing:
· Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd President and 2014 recipient of the PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award, supported the event in his suburban New York City community
· Alta Vista Country Club (Placentia, CA) led course fundraising with $35,360
· Team Horn from Alta Vista Country Club led group fundraising with $22,055, its second consecutive year at No. 1
· Many courses honored the military with moments of silence; ceremonial tee shots; standing ovations; national anthems and color guards before play; patriotic decorations course-wide; golf carts adorned in red, white and blue; military vehicles and flyovers on-site
· Veterans and active service members shared their military experiences with participants
· Participation by national and local politicians, entertainers, professional athletes and media
· Enthusiastic contributions from high-school bands, military bases and other community groups
· Auctions of sports memorabilia, tee times, event tickets, resort getaways and other items
· Dedicated golfers braving heavy rains at several courses
· A hole-in-one at 1757 Golf Club (Dulles, VA) and Forest Greens Golf Club (Triangle, VA)
· Live coverage on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” from BCG-managed courses in central Florida
· The first tee time was 7:30 a.m. on the east coast and the last tee time six hours later in Hawaii
· Troon Golf and other non-BCG courses participated for the first time
All golfers will be entered into a drawing to win a grand-prize, and prizes can be earned by teams with the highest contribution levels and best scores of the day.
For more information: www.worldslargestgolfouting.com.