Golf outing raises money for veteran families

A local golf course is helping families of veterans in a big way this Labor Day. The Brookwood Golf Course in Buchanan hosted its sixth annual Patriot Golf Day, which is part of the larger Folds of Honor organization.

The outing celebrates veteran families by raising money to make life a little easier for American kids left in the wake of war.

Since 2007, Folds of Honor, mostly through its Patriot Golf Day, has helped raise $12.8 million nationwide. More than 3,500 recipients have benefited from scholarships.

On Sunday, one Michigan girl was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. Her father, David Pegg, was injured in Kuwait.

"Just knowing that there are people out there who are willing to help support other families, whether the supporters are veterans or not, just people who like to help, give a helping hand, as I said before, it means the world," recipient Jacquelyn Pegg said.

Pegg added, "It means the absolute world to me, knowing he was willing to sacrifice his life for his family and his country, friends, you name it, it just, there's no words for it, it says it in itself."

Event organizers say the long hours of preparation are well worth it.

'It's an awful lot of work, but you know what, the local community came together to make it happen," said Joe Thomas, a PGA professional golf owner and one of the event organizers.

"It pays off. All the hard work in the world doesn't matter, we look at Jacque and her family and her dad, and it's all worth it," Thomas added.

David Pegg says he's proud of his daughter, but also of the community support for veterans on this holiday.

"The love America has for its veterans is as strong today as it's ever been, if not more, because you have so many more people coming out to support veterans and organizations like this to get those kids their education, so that way America can become a stronger place," David Pegg concluded.

Jacque Pegg plans to use her scholarship at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. where she will study Journalism.

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