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Golf outing at Water's Edge may help break world record

By Tara McManus

Worth’s municipally-owned golf course will be among the venues for a nationwide event intended to raise money for wounded military veterans.

The Water’s Edge Golf Club, 115th Street and Harlem Avenue, will be one of more than 100 golf courses in 24 states participating in the second annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” to be held beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Organizers are expecting the event to break the record for largest golf outing set last year.

Some proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps injured service members through peer support, rehabilitation, and employment assistance programs.

This year will mark Water’s Edge’s first time as a participating course, according to Nick Lashinsky, public relations manager at Billy Casper Golf. Billy Casper manages all courses participating in the fundraiser.

The event is open to amateur golfers of all skill levels. Registration is $55, with at least $5 per registration going to the Wounded Warrior Project. Registration covers a golf, cart rental, range balls, lunch, an awards reception, and on-course contests and prizes. Golfers can register as a team of four or individually; those who register individually will be assigned a team.

Each golfer will be entered to win two tickets including airfare to the 2013 PGA Championship. The first- through fifth-place teams will win prizes, with first place winning full sets of custom fit Nike irons and second place winning lightweight Bridgestone staff bags. Teams that raise more than $500 are eligible for prizes, including custom logoed golf bags; teams that raise at least $4,000 will receive eight extra raffle tickets.

Last year’s Largest Golf Outing was held on 80 Billy Casper Golf properties nationwide. More than 2,000 golfers participated and raised $43,700 for the Wounded Warrior Project. The event was large enough to break the Guinness World Record for golf outing participation, eclipsing the previous record by 70 percent, Lashinsky said. This year’s event is projecting well ahead of last year’s totals in both participation and fundraising, and the company is expecting to break its own record, he added.

Veterans who have worked with the Wounded Warriors Project are invited to golf in the event. Military veterans who have been wounded in battle will have the registration fee waived and do not need to raise funds to enter. Sixty warriors participated last year, according to Lashinsky. The Wounded Warrior Project is expecting higher warrior participation rates this year, said Tara Sheehy, Wounded Warrior events coordinator.

“So far it’s been a great partnership,” Sheehy said. “[Billy Casper’s] been great to work with. They’ve provided lots of opportunities for the warriors and have been really creative with their fundraising.”

To register visit watersedgegolf. com. For more information visit worldslargestgolfouting.com.