Wellington, Fla. - Dec. 28, 2016 - The Wellington National Golf Club (WNGC) hosted the 5th annual Salty Classic Golf Tournament, which benefited the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Athletes Advantage Scholarship Fund. The tournament, held on Dec. 2, 2016 at the newly refinished golf and country club, was an enormous success raising awareness and funds for the two charities.
The event, led by Jarrod "Salty" Saltamacchia, the star baseball catcher, was an opportunity for avid golfers to come together in teams to support a great cause while enjoying a "scramble" game of golf on WNGC's award-winning course.
"I thought the course was beautiful!" Saltamaccia said. "The owners were incredibly helpful and the service was outstanding. It was the biggest turnout we have ever had and I couldn't have been any happier with the event."
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The SOWF also offers family and educational counseling and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel . After being founded in 1980, the foundation has helped 260 students graduate from their chosen institution. Currently there are 150 students working towards a degree and 700 more students waiting to further their education.
"The great thing about the scramble tournament style is that it mirrors exactly what our organization does- bringing the four services together to act as one team to create a winning environment for the children of our fallen members," said William "Calvin" Markham,Command Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) with SOWF.
"The owners at WNGC did a great job in getting their members involved and selling out all of the teams for the first time in the history of the tournament," Markham continued.
The Athletes Advantage Scholarship Fund, is a program that helps young, passionate athletes, train at the Athlete's Advantage Club in Wellington. By pairing private donations with a matching donation from Athlete's Advantage- the Scholarship fund helps to give driven athletes the tools they needs to succeed.
"We were delighted to host this great tournament!" said Chip Smith, one of the three men who founded WNCG. "Not only was it an awesome day, but we are happy to be able to give back to our community."
WNGC was thrilled to be a part of such a special event and to have helped bring golf enthusiasts and philanthropists together. It was the first year in the tournament's five-year history that all 34 team slots were filled.
To learn more about the Salty Golf Tournament and the Special Ops Foundation, please click here.
To learn more about the Wellington National Golf and Country Club and their varying level of membership and events, please click here.