A Navy veteran of 26 years, Ralph Camp, moved to Southwest Florida a number of years ago from northern Florida. While attending an event in Cape Coral, he met Dave and Judy Souders, the founders of Wounded Warrior Anglers.
Camp decided to become a charter member of the organization after learning about its mission. Since joining, he has become an active member of the Redfish Regiment chapter of the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America and has participated in the Warrior & Caregiver Retreat program. Camp also participates in a monthly fishing outing the chapter holds.
“It’s a good thing that they do,” he said of the chapter and organization.
Camp decided to combine his love of playing golf with raising money for the Redfish Regiment.
“They weren’t doing anything to directly benefit the chapter itself,” Camp said of the members of Redfish Regiment, which is what sprung the idea of the golf tournament.
The 1st annual Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at Myerlee Golf & Country Club, 1380 Myerlee Country Club Blvd., Fort Myers. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
“I know all the people that work there. They know me because I am there all the time,” Camp said of why he decided to hold the tournament at Myerlee Golf & Country Club. “It’s an executive course, not a full size golf course, so for our purposes it works well.”
The scramble features four member teams competing against each other. Each team will have the opportunity to hit a golf ball from the tee box before the team member’s choose the best of the four shots for the following shot. The team members then play the second shot from that location before moving on the next hole.
Prizes will be given to first place – $200 for the entire team; second place – $100 for the entire team and third place – $60 for the entire team.
The country club will provide prizes for the closet ball to the pin at the sixth and fourth hole; the longest drive on the fourth hole and the straightest drive on the ninth hole.
Tickets are $40 per person or $160 per foursome team. Although the cutoff to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Sept. 15, if there is not a full-slate of players, Camp said he will entertain golfers the day of the event.
“I would like to get as good of participation as we can,” he said. “Hopefully we can do it next year and be better at it.”
Each player will have the opportunity to purchase two mulligan’s if they so desire for the tournament.
The players will receive a raffle ticket upon registration for an assortment of prizes, many of which include gift certificates.
A silent auction with such items as fishing gear and paintings will also be a part of the tournament.
All the proceeds from the golf tournament and the silent auction will go towards the Redfish Regiment.
Beer and beverages, as well as food can be purchased from the Tiki Bar.
Although Costa Mechanical & Refrigeration is the title sponsor for the tournament, there are many other sponsorship opportunities available.
Eagle sponsor is $750 and includes golf for one team of four golfers, cart and greens fee and one team mulligan. The sponsorship also includes the company’s name listed on a sign and one tee box, as well as a tournament flag on one green. One banner measuring 3×5 inches at the clubhouse is also included.
The birdie sponsor is $500 and includes one team of four golfers, cart, greens fee and one team mulligan. It also includes a company or family name on a tournament flag on one green. A banner measuring 2×3 inches at the clubhouse is also included.
Tournament flag sponsors are $150 for company or family names. The flag will be placed at one of the greens.
The tee-box sponsor is $100 for company or family names on a placard at one of the tee boxes.
For more information, contact Camp at (239) 257-5848, or email mcporalph@Hotmail.com.