Over a hundred Texomans teed up to help disabled veterans for the 6th annual DAV Benefit Golf Scramble.
Friday was the biggest turnout the fundraiser has seen, with over 32 teams showing up to play an 18 hole game of golf at River Creek Park Golf Course.
128 players hit the course all with a goal in mind: raising funds for local disabled American veterans.
“Unlike any other sport, you can actually root for your opponent,” veteran Mike Ballard said. “So if they make a great shot, you’re hooping and hollering. Yes! You’re excited for them.”
In his third year playing in the scramble, Ballard said most veterans like himself are all a little competitive.
“Especially in the game of golf. Golf is one game that no matter what your age or your ability, you’re playing the same game and you get to enjoy it together,” Ballard said.
And for veterans enjoying a game of golf together, Ballard said it makes you forget about the injuries.
“A lot of times, like dealing with PTSD, you tend to go inside and you don’t want to be out and talk to people,” Ballard said. “So, that’s one of the major things about this, is getting out and socializing and actually having a good time.”
DAV Legislative Director William Bussman said events like the golf scramble help get the word out about the DAV, allowing them to support more people like Ballard.
“This is so important to us because a lot of people get to see and meet vets in action,” Bussman said.
And no matter their needs, each one is met.
“Somebody needs a wheelchair, we buy them a wheelchair,” Bussman said. “The other day, somebody needed a cane, we bought them a cane.”
Ballard said to him, the event shows the amount of support and appreciation vets receive from all across Texoma.
“We know first hand what it’s like to fall through the crack or get left behind or wait several months for a doctors appointment, so when we stick together, we’re a force to be reckoned with,” Ballard said.
Whatever the veterans have gone through in the past, at least for today, it turned out to be a hole in one.