This is golf with a mission.
The Mission 22 Golf Tournament originally scheduled for last weekend will tee off Saturday morning at Hillandale Golf Course with the first of two flights taking the course at 8:30 a.m.
“This is the fifth year for us to be involved with this national organization that does a tremendous job raising awareness and funds to help families who have lost loved ones who have served their country admirably,” said spokesperson Lisa Lambert. “And these are service men and women who have lost their battle at home due to PTSS (post-traumatic stress syndrome) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). We have four local families this year who fall into that category.”
“Those that we’re honoring this year include Senior Airman Stephen Craig Talley of Corinth (Air Force), Special Army Combat Medic James Ellis Threadgill of Corinth, Sergeant Michael Brent Dunn of Corinth (Marines) and Sergeant Justin Daniel Johnson of Tupelo (Army National Guard).”
Mission 22 is the brainchild of three former armed services members who have made it their purpose to raise awareness, funds and memorials for families of service men and women across America who have lost their battles at home due to PTSS and TBI. Recent statistics show that 20 former service men and women per day take their lives due to this battle.
“We want everyone to know that 100 percent of funds raised from this tournament will go to the Mission 22 foundation to help families who have suffered loss of loved ones who served their country and lost their battle at home,” said Lambert. “We will also have four silhouettes that form a War Memorial that will be on hand at the tournament for people to see. These are to honor the memories of our four local service men and all others who have lost the battle at home.”
Lambert pointed out that funds from Mission 22 go to serve three purposes: first and foremost to fund treatment for PTSS, TBI and other related post-war issues. Second is to create a large scale public memorial to honor veterans who have lost their war at home. And last but not least, to bring awareness to these issues facing veterans today.
The tournament is sponsored by McPeters Funeral Directors and Memorial Funeral Home.
“This tournament has grown over the past three years as the local fundraiser for Mission 22,” Lambert continued. “There were 11 teams two years ago and that grew to 18 last year. This year we are at 34 and will likely fill those final two four-man teams by tee time on Saturday. There will be two flights with the morning flight teeing off at 8:30 and the afternoon flight beginning at 1:30. The entry fee will include breakfast and lunch, drinks on the course, gift bags, carts and green fees.”
“There will also be contests such as closet-to-the-pin and longest drive,” she added. “We’ll also have different kinds of raffles throughout the day along with flight winners and cash payouts.”
Registration fee is $200 per team with hole sponsors available for $400, including a team. Mulligans are $5 with a limit of two per person and red tees are $5 with one per person.
“This is our third year to host this event,” said Hillandale Golf Course Manager William Cole. “We feel it’s a great cause and we give reduced rates so the organization can make more money. We’re expecting to hit our cap of 36 four-person teams in a scramble-style tournament.”
For those not directly involved in this year’s tournament, private donations can still be made by contacting Mission 22 at 1-800-273-8255 or visiting the website at mission22.com
“Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by these health issues and that includes policemen and firefighters, among others,” Lambert said.
As a special treat, the Air Evac helicopter will land at the Hillandale driving range at 12:30 and will be honoring the family members of the young men who lost their battle at home locally.