by Rob Hastings
MAYPORT, FL – Operation Support Military Golf wrapped up its inaugural event on Monday with the OSMG Invitational held at Windy Harbor Golf Club at Naval Station Mayport, FL.
The event kicked off on Sunday evening with a Pairing Party at the One Ocean Hotel and Resort in Atlantic Beach, FL. A short cocktail hour and silent auction preceded dinner, a live auction, various speakers, and the pairing party.
Breakfast was held early Monday morning on the coldest morning of 2015 in Jacksonville. Golfers and their PGA Tour playing partners bundled up prior to the shotgun start, which was commenced with a flyover of two SH-60R helicopters.
Military personnel of both active and retired statuses were joined by PGA Tour players to include Vijay Singh, Mark Carnevale, Bob Dickson, Morris Hatalsky, Fred Funk, Jeff Klauk, Frank Lickliter, Billy Kratzert, Blaine McCallister, Len Mattiace, Tim Wilkinson, and Deane Beman.
“Without question, the inaugural OSMG Invitational achieved what it set out to accomplish,” said Jennifer Poth, OSMG Chairman & CEO.
“Specifically, we created an awareness of the lack of appropriated funding for our military’s golf courses, exposure for OSMG and how it seeks to remedy this funding void, and raised funding, both monetary and in-kind to do as such.”
OSMG would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for both their in-kind and monetary contributions towards our OSMG Invitational: AAA, Ahead, Black Rock, FedEx, Natural Body Spa, New Balance, Nimnicht Buick-GMC, North Florida Sales (an Anheuser-Busch Distributor), Publix, Swisher International, Taco Lu, True Temper, WieBad, and Warrior Golf.
To view pictures and video of event, please visit the event media page.