Golfers of every stripe are invited to participate in a brand-new tournament in Peachtree City that will raise funds to benefit wounded military personnel through Operation Homefront, a national non-profit based in San Antonia, Texas and Kennesaw, Georgia.
The tournament, dubbed the “Peachtree City Invitational”, begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 18 with military fly-overs performed by Peachtree City-based Commemorative Air Force and Hampton-based Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. The former is renowned for its assemblage of vintage, fixed-wing warbirds, while the latter restores, maintains and flies primarily helicopters, including the Vietnam War-era Apache and Blackhawk aircraft.
A shotgun start at 11:30 will be followed by St. Augustine-style tournament play. As part of the fun, hole-in-one prizes as well as straightest-drive and closest-to-the-pin competitions are also planned. Hole-in-one prizes will be provided by John’s Golf Carts and Commemorative Air Force.
The title sponsor for this first-ever event is The Home Depot, with Cox Enterprises also serving as a sponsor. Chick-fil-A is supporting the event with lunchtime sandwiches, and Coca-Cola is donating drinks.
The event will conclude with a score-posting party, including a steak dinner and testimonies from wounded veterans who have benefitted from the work of Operation Homefront.
Ninety-three percent of all the money raised will go directly to needy military personnel, says event organizer Bill Whitehouse, a retired financial advisor, former airline pilot and military veteran. His leadership team also includes Steve King and Lt. Gen. Brian Arnold (Ret.).