OCEANSIDE — More than 120 golfers teed off at the Arrowood Golf Course June 8 for the 11th annual Golf with a Hero fundraiser in support of military families.
Teams of four played in a best ball competition. Most teams consisted of two military veterans and two active duty Marines.
In the early years of the tournament, high-ranking military officers were invited to compete, but since the Iraq War began in 2003 the “real heroes — the young enlisted men and women — were invited to play,” Golf Committee Chair Jacque Martin said.
“They’re regular kids in their 20s, who have been to Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Councilman Jerry Kern. Kern was a participant in the tournament. “Golf with a Hero is an appropriate name for it,” he added.
On the greens, golfers shared laughs, camaraderie and accounts of combat.
“It’s an honor to be a part of today,” said Mike Chiesl, Iraq War veteran and “Survivor” reality show contestant. “It’s a team effort looking out for our Marines who are deployed and their families.”
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Operation in Camp Pendleton benefited from this year’s tournament fundraising, raffle and silent auction.