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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 17, 2017

Volunteers needed for first time golf event in Washington

By Bill Gatchel | Aug 11, 2017
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament will take place for the first time ever at the Washington Golf & Country Club Sept. 12 and 14.

It’s an event to help develop new golf skills as well as strengthen the golfer’s self esteem and for the first time ever it’s coming to Washington.

The National Disabled Veterans Treasure Exposure and Experience (TEE) Tournament will take place at the Washington Golf & Country Club next month and is sponsored by The Department of Veterans Affairs.

Kirt Sickels, with the VA says they’ve added 60 new veterans to the event this year along with two new golf courses, with Washington being one of them.

“Washington will host an all-women’s team,” he says.

“We decided to have a team like this because they wanted to compete against other women.

“Rather than having them in foursomes and compete against men, they asked to compete among themselves.”

A total of 24 golfers will take to the links September 11-15, and there is also a need to help with those golfers.

“It’s very much a need,” Sickels says. “We couldn’t do this event without the volunteers.

“Right now we’re looking for anywhere from 25 to 30 volunteers to help us with the event that Tuesday and Thursday in Washington.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer can do so in a variety of ways, Sickels says.

“First of all and probably the primary reason would be to be a golf buddy and assist the veterans on the golf course,” he says.

“We have folks that are disabled and have different needs.

“They would assist them in pulling clubs, judging distance, watching where the balls go as well as taking them around in the golf carts.”

Having knowledge of the game isn’t needed, he adds.

“The bottom line is, if you can drive a cart, that’s really all that is needed,” Sickels says, “because there’s a big social aspect to this as well.

“That’s very important. As long as you can watch where the ball goes, drive a cart, keep our veterans safe, we’d like to have you out there.”

As far as a time commitment, it’s not a lot, Sickels says.

“Folks can register as a volunteer on our website—that way they are covered in case there should be any sort of accident that would happen, but it’s only an eight-hour day,” he says.

“It’s four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon. We supply lunch for them as well.”

The impact of the event on volunteers is huge, he says.

“I’ve had volunteers who have been with us for 24 years for this event; it’s quite a life experience,” Sickels says.

“The veterans get to know you and want to know what’s going on with you as well throughout the year. It’s really quite a relationship that develops.”

While the golf team is comprised of all women, both men and women can help out.

“It does not make a difference from that standpoint,” Sickels says.

“We would encourage women to come and be a part of it, but we really have no preference.”

To become a volunteer, you can visit www.tee.va.gov and find out more about the day and what is needed for the actual golfing event.

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