Local golfers teed off on Saturday afternoon at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club to help raise money for That Others May Live.
Fifteen teams played in the third annual That Others May Live Golf Tournament at Kinderlou Forest. The tournament was a four-man scramble.
The winning team was the foursome of Chuck Roberts, Blake DeCesare, Dr. Michael Sharon and Senior Airman Chandler Kramer. They had a net score of 39.07 (including handicaps and mulligans).
The team of Joe Hayes, Chuck Kent, Matt Mink and Jeff French finished second with a net score of 45. The team of Nate Mulgrews, Mark Goodwin, Brad Bellinger and Jeff Lancianese finished third, earning a net score of 45.17.
But the tournament’s real winner was That Others May Live.
That Others May Live Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization established in 2002. That Others May Live Foundation provides critical support, scholarships and immediate tragedy assistance for the families of United States Air Force Rescue Heroes who are killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions.
“We’ve identified that there are needs that need to be fulfilled,” said tournament director Laura Lerdall. “Air Force rescue is one of the most highly tasked agencies in the world. They go anywhere, any time to rescue somebody in harm’s way. They’re basically there for the world, so we want to be there for them.”
“Our rescue personnel are on call 24-7 all over the world. As we speak, there are some in harm’s way,” Lerdall added. “Every day, we have people deployed, in harm’s way, in terrible conditions, protecting our freedoms and rescuing people that are in harm’s way. And that’s amazing to me. To be able to work with the foundation is my honor and privilege, because we’ve found a way to give back. It’s an honor to do that.”
The name That Others May Live is derived from the motto of search and rescue personnel that are trained and ready to risk their lives to save lives in both military and civilian scenarios.
The tournament was dedicated to 21 members of the United States Air Force who died while serving their country, including some who were stationed at Moody Air Force Base at one point.
A number of veterans and active military personnel participated in the golf tournament, including 23rd Wing Commander Col. Billy Thompson.
“There were some veterans that participated in our event today, and they know members of the rescue mission who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Lerdall said. “I know it’s a very personal mission to them. It’s a cause near and dear to their heart. And they know first-hand what we’re doing for the families. It’s great to see them out here supporting the cause.”
On Saturday, in addition to the entry fee, golfers also donated money to That Others May Live by purchasing mulligans, raffle tickets and competing in a putting contest. The golfers could also have a member of the Valdosta State golf team hit a shot for them in exchange for a $5 donation. VSU was one of the tournament’s sponsors.