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Ladies golf group raising funds for Folds of Honor

The Andalusia Women’s Golf Association is honoring the military by spreading awareness and generating support for the Folds of Honor Foundation in conjunction with its 54th Andalusia Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament.

Thirty women will play golf in the tournament, and AWGA member Angie Kelley said that they are excited to be supporting the Folds of Honor Foundation.

“We always want to support a charity when we hold a golf invitational,” Kelley said. “We love to play golf, but we also want to send it somewhere.”

Kelley said that the winners in the invitational usually put some of the money back for the charity.

“Most of the winners usually give part of the reward back for the charity,” Kelley said. “This is a wonderful foundation, because they are thinking about the children in everything that they do.”

The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in 2007 by PGA member and F-16 fighter pilot Dan Rooney. Its singular mission is to provide educational scholarships to the families of fallen or disabled service members.

By the end of this year, more than 20,000 scholarships will have been awarded because individuals choose to support the Folds of Honor through Patriot Golf Day activities like the local tournament.

In 2017, Alabama had 110 Folds of Honor scholarship recipients. These 110 recipients were awarded $459,800 in educational scholarships.

The Folds of Honor Foundation provides two scholarships. Its higher ed scholarships are awarded to spouses and children enrolled in two-year or four-year degree programs. The second scholarship provides support for dependents enrolled in grades K-12, and may be used for private school tuition, tutoring, or home school expenses.

“Without support, the Folds of Honor would not be able to award educational scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members,” Kelley said.

A ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 18, with the pledge of allegiance and playing of the national anthem.

The tournament is an 18-hole two-lady scramble with a handicap within six strokes.

The entry fee is $70 each, or $140 per team and that includes two mulligans per team member.

The registration deadline is Mon., Oct. 15, and checks can be made payable to the Andalusia Women’s Golf Association. Participants can also mail entries to Saxon Poppell 5469 A.L. Highway 55, Florala, AL, 36442.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each flight. Gift prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drives and closest to the line.

Lunch will follow in the Country Club Dining Room.

“If you fluttered in from out-of-town, land with a flock of other chicks,” Kelley said. “Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., we will have a Dutch Treat Supper at the Club Dining Room.”

A Red Bird Day is scheduled incase of a weather issue for Oct. 25.

To make a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation visit, www.FoldsofHonor.org.