South Xtra: Event at Butler's to benefit Wounded Warriors

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It's not a foursome ... not even a fivesome.

Try a 5,000-some.

Monday morning, Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth Township will be one of more than 100 courses across the country participating in what's being billed as "World's Largest Golf Outing."

The event, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, is in its second year. This year's outing will more than double both the 2,200 golfers taking part and the $43,700 raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, according to Billy Casper Golf spokesman Nick Lashinsky. Billy Casper Golf/Buffalo Communications, which manages Butler's Golf Course, stages the event.

"It just was something where we were looking for serving our courses with programs to do in the summertime, and it evolved form that kind of organically," Lashinsky said.

"And we decided on the Wounded Warrior Project because they're an awesome organization that does great things for wounded warriors. It seemed like kind of a natural partnership. They do a lot of things with sports, and golf helps those guys recover. It was a natural fit for us."

Registration at Butler's was still open earlier this week and will be accepted up until Monday morning -- assuming there is still tee times available at the course. Butler's general manager Cliff Easum said he expected a sellout of all 144 available slots after having 60 players take part in the event last year.

Through Tuesday afternoon, almost $7,000 had already been raised via Butler's players and the total raised nationally was more than $300,000, according to Easum.

"It's been a whole lot better received than we thought," Easum said. "I really don't charge a lot for the golf tournament. The whole idea is just to make as much money as I can for Wounded Warriors. It's a great event."

The $49 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart rental, range balls, lunch, awards reception and on-course contests and prizes. Locally, prizes will be given and drawings held, with national prizes awarded, too.

Check-in is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start for the four-person scramble teams at 9 a.m.

"It's a great cause, and we're excited," Easum said. "It's only $49 per person, or less than $200 [for a foursome] to come play. It's real affordable, just a nice fun day, and of course it benefits a great cause."

Easum said that wounded veterans will be on hand.

"It lets people see where their money is going," Easum said.

"We are committed to beat the contribution [Billy Casper Golf] and its loyal, altruistic golfers made to Wounded Warrior Project last year," BCG chairman and CEO Peter Hill said in a statement. "Golfers and Wounded Warriors who played in the 2011 event gave it rave reviews, and we expect the same this time around."

According to the mission statement for the Wounded Warrior Project, the organization is out to honor and empower wounded servicemen and women. The WWP's mission is "raising awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs."

"We salute Billy Casper Golf for establishing this ground-breaking outing that provides a healthy physical activity for Wounded Warriors and raises funds for WWP programs," said Adam Silva, chief development officer of Wounded Warrior Project. "Participating in sports helps injured service members restore their physical and emotional well-being."

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