With the U.S. Open in full swing, this is a good time to let you know about a big golf event taking place later this summer all over the country, including in Wilmington, Philadelphia and Berlin, Md.
The simultaneous outing will be played at more than 120 courses managed by Billy Casper Golf in 28 states. It is open to all golfers regardless of ability, and a United States Golf Association handicap is not required.
Rock Manor will have shotgun starts beginning at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per golfer. The fee includes a $10 donation to WWP, golf and cart, range balls, lunch, awards reception and on-course contests. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize, and other prizes can be earned by teams with the highest contribution levels and best scores.
Golfers in Sussex County can also play in the outing at Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. The cost there is $57 per golfer, with a 7:30 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. shotgun start. In Pennsylvania, three Philadelphia courses are taking part: FDR Park, John F. Byrne and Cobbs Creek. Check www.worldslargestgolfouting.com for rates and start times.
WWP is the national organization whose mission is to honor and empower military personnel who have been injured. Some of those heroes will be playing in the WLGO. Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds to support WWP, and donations directly to WWP can be made through the WLGO website.
Last year, more than 10,000 golfers swung the sticks, including 70 wounded warriors, at 110 courses in 24 states. More than $725,000 was raised, significantly more than in 2012. Since its inception, the World's Largest Golf Outing has raised more than $1.1 for WWP. Billy Casper Golf anticipates another record-breaking year in 2014.
Last year, 10 courses hosted more than 200 golfers, with one recording 307. Three holes in one were recorded. The most money raised by one course was $51,449. Four teams raised more than $8,000; the highest amount for a foursome was $14,960.
Golfers are encouraged to Tweet @BillyCasperGolf with photos during or after their round, using the hash tag #WLGO14. The event also has a presence on Facebook and Instagram.
For more information, visit the WLGO website.