WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Golf professionals from area courses and clubs took part in a golf marathon Monday at the Country Club of Landfall.
Golfers played as many holes as they could from sunrise to sunset, raising more than $20,000 for Folds of Honor.
Since 2007, Folds of Honor has raised money for educational scholarships given to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members.
Wearing red, white, and blue, Bald Head Island head golf professional Brian Stewart ran around the course at the Country Club of Landfall. Aches and pains didn’t stop him from playing 152 holes for a good cause.
“If they can do that on the battlefield, then I can play a few rounds of golf for them,” said Stewart. “Their sacrifice has allowed me to play this great game and be an American and when I am out there, I am pushing myself because I know they did.”
Stewart doesn’t have to look far for inspiration while playing since he can think about family members who serve our country.
“Having four active military family members, it’s something you can’t take away,” Stewart says. “Being part of this with my fellow golf professionals is speechless really.”
Sixteen Wilmington-area golf pros took part in the event, including Country Club of Landfall Director of Golf Jason Cherry.
“You think about the men and women that have given to our country and what they endure. This is nothing,” Cherry said about playing Monday’s marathon event. “At the end of the day, we’ll joke about our backs being sore and our feet being tired but it’s a small thank you to the people protecting our country.”
For many who played, emotions ran high.
“It’s just unbelievable that we can do something like this and give money to families for education that have lost their lives for us,” said Greg Guman, director of instruction at Country Club of Landfall. “It almost brings tears to your eyes.”