Operation Great Greens

wwgcsa-logoAmerican Lake Veterans Golf Course, located in Lakewood, WA, is the only golf course in America designed and operated for the sole purpose of rehabilitating wounded and disabled veterans. With extremely limited funding, a large group of passionate volunteers care for and maintain the golf course, all for the benefit of veterans and specifically, the wounded warriors receiving care at the American Lake VA hospital.

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This golf course is doing real and tangible good for men and women who have risked their lives to serve our country. Due to limited funding, the vast majority of their equipment is very old and in poor condition. In the last year, the course sustained severe damage to a number of their greens due to equipment failure.

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With the understanding that our Veterans and wounded warriors deserve a better experience, the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association (WWGCSA) has undertaken a fund raising campaign to purchase a new state of the art hybrid mower. This new mower will virtually eliminate the possibility of any further catastrophic leaks and provide a putting service that would be the envy of any championship golf course. It’s the very least we can do to help our returning service members heal and get back on the road to recovery.

Shawn Frisbee of Western Equipment is directing the campaign with the assistance of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.  We have set up an account through “Go Fund Me” to help us in the process. You can visit http://www.gofundme.com/gwi87k to learn more about the needs at American Lake and the campaign to help. You can also click here for more information on a flyer put together by Shawn Frisbee.

The WWGCSA started the process with $20 from everyone’s registration fee at the Annual Meeting going toward the project. We were able to raise $660 that day at White Horse Golf Club. The “Go Fund Me” account was set up earlier this week, and Craig Benson, the superintendent at Meridian Valley Country Club, had the honor of kicking off donations through that account. We’re trying to raise $33,000, so we have a long way to go.

So, visit the Go Fund Me link above, or if you have questions you can contact Shawn Frisbee at shawn.frisbee@western-equip.com  or Paul Ramsdell, the Executive director of the WWGCSA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

For more information and to donate please visit the WWGCSA’s website at: www.wwgcsa.org.