Semper Fi Open raises 135k for injured military

U-T San Diego | By Linda McIntosh | 1:10 p.m. June 29, 2015 | Link to Article

Vista, CA — The annual Semper Fi Open golf tournament raised $135,000 for the Semper Fi Fund to help injured service members and their families. Speakers at the event included Rear Admiral Richard Jefferies and BJ Ganem, an injured Marine supported by the nonprofit fund.

Opening ceremonies of the Semper Fi Open Golf Tournament in Vista featured the Color Guard and bagpipers.
Opening ceremonies of the Semper Fi Open Golf Tournament in Vista featured the Color Guard and bagpipers.

The tournament drew 150 golfers including 16 injured veterans from Team Semper Fi, the nonprofit’s competitive athletics program and 16 Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion West. The event June 22 opened with the color guard and bagpipers performing together; a huge flag was flown over the course at the Shadow Ridge Golf Club.

Tournament founder Chris Keogh, president of Oceanside-based Enviremedial Services, paid tournament costs so all proceeds could go to the fund, which provides services ranging from financial support, adaptive equipment and sports therapy to career transition programs.

The event was a tribute to military heroes and Keogh’s daughter who died in 2012 and helped organize the inaugural Semper fi Open. Over the past three years, the event has raised $500,000.

Visit semperfifund.org.