Help Our Heroes golf scramble a big success

April 28th, 2014

More than $6000 raised

By Tammy Wilhite | Sports editor | pistol@myspartanews.com | Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 12:05 AM CDT | Link to article

Sparta Country Club played host to the Help Our Heroes Golf Scramble on Saturday, April 19th.

When it comes to the heroes mentioned in the title, one of Sparta’s own was the celebrity guest of the event.

A true local hero.  Kevin Honaker was the celebrity guest at the Help Our Heroes Scramble played April 19th at the Sparta Country Club.  The event raised more than $6,000 to be donated to Semper Fi/America’s Fund.  The organization uses their funds to assist and support injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families.  Honaker, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2011, played the par-3 fifth hole with each team in the scramble.  (Photo courtesy of Lauren Gaynor)

A true local hero. Kevin Honaker was the celebrity guest at the Help Our Heroes Scramble played April 19th at the Sparta Country Club. The event raised more than $6,000 to be donated to Semper Fi/America’s Fund. The organization uses their funds to assist and support injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families. Honaker, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2011, played the par-3 fifth hole with each team in the scramble. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Gaynor)

Kevin Honaker played the par-3 fifth hole with each team as they advanced around the course. Honaker was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 while on active duty as a combat engineer with the U.S. Marines.

The proceeds from this tournament, which had 80 golfers participate, were donated to the Semper Fi Fund and its sister organization, the America’s Fund. Of each dollar donated to Semper Fi/America’s Fund, 96 cents goes to support heroes like Kevin and their families.

The donation from the Sparta event in its inaugural year to this fund will be $6300. Besides the golf tournament, there was also a celebrity silent auction, which included items from 2014 Masters champion, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Johnny Majors and Sparta native, David Culley.

There was a tie for first place in the scramble at 14-under par between the team of Jason Goodwin, Eric Mitchell, Wayne Rogers and David Rogers and the team of Mark Frasier, Stephen Holland, Drew Holland and Ben Holland.

According to Greg Gaynor, tournament director, plans are already in the works for the 2nd annual Help Our Heroes Golf Scramble, with hopes of making it bigger and better.

The Semper Fi /America’s Fund are 501(c)(3) nonprofit and are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. They direct urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members, who meet our criteria for assistance, from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves.

To learn more about these non-profit organizations, visit semperfifund.org and americasfund.org.