Our first 19th hole fundraiser meet and greet

Last Tuesday, April 9th we had our first fundraising event at our 19th hole, the Elbow Room in Kearny Mesa San Diego. It was more of a meet and greet as we got to introduce and explain in person what 18for4  is and what our future plans are. Had a chance to shake hands and actually put a face to people I have met online while doing this site.

Michael Fox (pic), founder of The Wounded Marine Fund was in attendance with as we listen to music performed by the local musician Jessica Hull off her new album “Second Wind”. There are still a lot of people who don’t know what The Wounded Marine Fund is doing. This was a great chance for them to meet active duty and veteran Marines since the Elbow Room is located within a couple miles of the Mira Mar Marine Air Base. I have to say thank you to the owners of the bar for donating all the food for the event. Plenty of great food for everyone as we put a giant wine glass in the middle of the buffet and took donations that went directly to The Wounded Marine Fund at the end of the night. Everyone pitched in towards their fund.

We had some fun selling raffle tickets for some prizes donated by a few of our partners. Let me say thanks to- Polara Golf , Mirror Tee , and the Butcher Shop Restaurant for their donations. A special thanks has to go out to the Australian company who make the Point-n-Putt  putter for donating our grand prize. A very happy winner walked off with what is my new favorite putter. (pic Right)

They are a new company, only a couple years old, but I don’t know why nobody else has made a putter like this before that fits my style of play. I am probably in too much of a hurry on the greens when lining up my puts. This large visual aid is taking strokes off my game as I set up behind the putter instead of the other way around.

I met the owner of the company through a friend who runs the site My Golf Buddy and have been trading emails with Dara in Australia ever since. Very good people.

She shared the story with me about a Texas veteran, Timothy Gaestel, who was injured in Iraq by shrapnel in his lower back. Golf became part of his recovery and physical therapy where he was giving golf clinics to Jr. High School kids. At one of these clinics his clubs were stolen out of his truck, a local fellow veteran donated a set of clubs to him, but what couldn’t be replaced was the putter that Tim’s dad had given him. Dara heard about this and gave him one of her Point-n-Putt putters to try out. While not his Dad’s putter, Tim’s game had been stuck at 90, but since he started using the putter he is consistently in the low 80′s.

I have one of these putters in my bag now and am hoping for the same results.

I hope everyone out there is signing up to play in Charity Golf Tournaments in your areas.

Thank you


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