Armed Forces play golf

Golf is a sport known for its serious mental game, but with all seriousness aside, the Palo Duro Creek Golf Course went military today as veterans and their supporters played some golf to raise money for several important causes.

The seventh annual Armed Forces Golf OPS was held Saturday, July 13, 2013 where veterans and their supporters could have fun, while supporting the U.S. military.

The celebration of armed forces is sponsored by the Roan Creek Marine Corps League of Amarillo.

"We call it our Golf Op. Seven and it's joining troops to help support each other." said Marine Corps League, DD Buck McLamb "Some of the golfers have sons and daughters that are serving currently over in Afghanistan and around the world and we just pray for them and we raise money to help them out."

A total of 128 golfers carted around the course raising money for a multitude of charities.

After playing the 18 hole, golfer Travis Babb said the tournament is really pretty cool.

"On the 18 hole they have the flag with the American flag on top of it and there was a Navy guy and an Army guy over there," said Babb "I know this fundraiser does a lot for the Veteran's Day parade and so many other things so we are just having a little fun and for a great cause."

Money raised will help provide funding for the Veterans Day parade, JROTC scholarships, injured warriors, and Panhandle Veterans Financial Aid Program.

Golfers also honored a World War II veteran with a presentation, while remembering that the day was really for a greater purpose.

"It's all about those that have served, those that have gave all, and those that are currently serving," said McLamb "Just keep your prayers out there for them because they need it. They need the support."

After the tournament, golfers enjoyed a nice lunch and awards ceremony. Many golfers agreed that golfing with a purpose sure makes the game that much more enjoyable.

Babb said he could not be more proud to give back to those who have given so much for us.

"I'm just very happy to come out and support the troops for their sacrifice and what they do for us every day." said Babb "We couldn't be out here doing this if it wasn't for them, so I'm just proud to be able to do this and help any way that we can."

McLamb said the best part of the event is the comradery among the veterans.

Organizers said they're hoping to raise around $18,000 from the golfing event.