Golfing to help Wounded Warriors

NAWILIWILI — Kellie Hines, golf professional at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, said Wounded Warrior apparel is available at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club pro shop to benefit the program that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors, their caregivers and families.

On Sunday, more than 70 golfers took part in the World’s Largest Golf Outing at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, raising $5,740, the largest amount from Hawaii Billy Casper Golf properties. Saturday, the Princeville Makai hosted its WLGO program, raising $3,000, and the Puakea Golf Course raised $1,400. On Maui, the Kaanapali Golf Course raised $2,500, Hines said.

“Our dear friend Billy Casper instilled a culture of helping others,” said Peter Hill, chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf. “Billy’s spirit lives on through everyone participating in the World’s Largest Golf Outing, giving back to the brave men and women who protect our daily freedoms who meant so much to him.”

The Waimea High School Junior ROTC color guard under the direction of Major Victor Aguilar did the honors of raising the colors while Nalani Brun belted out the national anthem as golfers lined the knoll behind their golf carts, awaiting the directions for the shotgun start.

James Tarvey, the Wounded Warrior Alumni, received a round of applause from the field of golfers. Hines said the Kauai Lagoons staff includes several veterans, including Ray Tacsiat, the greens superintendent, and Oscar Sagucio, who retired from the U.S. Army and the Air National Guard after 33 years of service.

Among the field, Kurt Bacio and his wife, Nellie, were recognized for their service in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 20 years of service.

Hines said people are still able to help the Wounded Warrior program by shopping for Wounded Warrior apparel, which is available through this week at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club pro shop.

Billy Casper Golf is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the United States with more than 150 properties in 29 states.


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