This August, United States Army veteran Marty Walter is asking golfers to tee off for a few good men.
“I served in the United States Army until 1989 and developed a strong feeling for the military and veterans - those who paid a price,” said Mr. Walter, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. George Callahan Council #5716, of Yorkshire, and organizer of a tournament at Concord Crest Golf Course to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. “As a charitable organization, the Knights of Columbus does work for the Catholic church and the community. I’ve attended some other Wounded Warrior events and made donations, so I thought it was a good idea to try this tournament,” Mr. Walter explained.
Approximately ten members of the Knights worked together to organize the tournament, which features an 18-hole, 4-man, best-ball scramble. “We’ll have prizes for first, second and third place, as well as longest drive and closest to the pin,” Mr. Walter said. “There will also be raffles for gifts and gift certificates frrom area businesses, including one for 18 holes of golf and cart for four at Concord Crest.”
The event is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, Aug. 16, which puts the registration deadline for golfers at Aug. 10. “Concord Crest is newer, and it’s a nice course with some challenging holes and a lot of open area,” Mr. Walter said. “This is open to anyone that wants to play. I’m really hoping for at least 80 golfers and a sponsor for each of the 18 holes.
"I currently have five sponsors,” Mr. Walter continued, noting his appreciation for the guidance of other councils with organizing this event. “This is the first time I’ve organized a tournament, and I’ve had some help from the Knights in Olean,” he said. “Our Knights are also helping to volunteer in sending information to golfers and finding sponsors.”
Golfers participating in the tournament will enjoy a hot dog and hamburger lunch at the mid-point of the scramble, as well as a dinner and awards presentation following the event. The dinner will be located in the course’s recently improved facilities.
Anneliese Ploetz, an assistant at Concord Crest Golf Course said, “We’ve made several improvements to the facilities and the course, including the addition of a banquet facility, 3-hole practice facility and expansion of the clubhouse.”
The course accommodates various size tournaments almost every weekend throughout the season with a few open weekends remaining this year. “We have some smaller tournaments - between 20 and 30 golfers - and others that are a full course of 124 players,” Ms. Ploetz said. “Our golf course supports numerous charitable endeavors and donates over 300 golf passes each year in support of local fundraising events.”
Golfers who play the course at Concord Crest enjoy “the rolling hillside and meandering streams,” as well as other natural aspects that make playing there a unique experience. “Mother Nature did a lot of the course layout for us,” Ms. Ploetz said, referring to the descriptions on the website. “It’s the natural lay of the land.”
Concord Crest, 9255 Genessee Road, East Concord, NY, is a family-owned and operated course, and Ms. Ploetz said the staff is trained to provide great hospitality “focused on the enjoyment of the game for all ages.” Membership is not required, but season passes are available by visiting the course website at www.concordcrest.com.
For more information about the Knights of Columbus’ Wounded Warrior Project tournament, call Mr. Walter at 716-707-2079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “We want to give back to those who paid a price. There’s definitely a need,” Mr. Walter said. “We want as much as we can to donate to the Warriors.”