Alexandria/Mount Vernon: Golf Classic Benefits Veterans

Belle Haven tournament raises funds.

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The third annual Patriots Day Golf Classic was held Sept. 9 at Belle Haven Country Club, raising funds for local veterans organizations in remembrance of those who perished in the 9-11 terrorist attacks as well as to honor those serving their country and working as first responders and emergency rescue personnel.

“It’s amazing the support this tournament has given to local organizations,” said Robert Koon, co-founder of the nonprofit Links to Freedom. “Golf is an important rehabilitate and adaptive part of recovery for our wounded veterans. We serve more than 235 veterans a year and the support here today will allow us to continue to aid our wounded and disabled veterans.”

Along with Links to Freedom, the Alexandria-based Operation Renewed Hope will also receive funds from this year’s tournament to support housing and social services to homeless veterans.

The foursome of Bill Hummel, Greg Jacobson, Tom Lapato and Chris Meyer hoisted the winning trophy with Herbert Hughes, Mitch Bono, Jim Stevens and Harry Mahon finishing runners up.

Tournament sponsors included Agiliko, AFBA, Michael Bennett and Ourisman Automotive, J. Timothy Thompson and the Thompson Group at Morgan Stanley and Dr. Jon Williams Family Dentistry.

“We created this tournament to raise funds that will benefit organizations doing important work in our communities,” said tournament ambassador John Cregan. “A sincere and heartfelt thanks goes out to our sponsors, donors and volunteers for helping make this day a success.”