When Jack Morrison moved to Aiken he noticed a strong sense of American pride.
The one thing he didn’t see: Any Wounded Warriors tournaments in the community. That’s something he wanted to change, and he did so in a big way.
After a few years of growth, the third annual Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Woodside Plantation Country Club.
“I realized how patriotic everyone is over here,” he said, “but we didn’t have anything like this in Aiken.”
Morrison expects a large number of competitors to match last year’s field. The first year, the tournament had 75 players. Last year, that number doubled in size.
With the additional number of players, Morrison said he hopes to see more money raised from the tournament, which will go to support the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Gordon and the Active Duty Rehab Unit at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The event brought in $7,000 in its first year. Last year, the tournament raised $12,000. This year, Morrison said, he hopes the event will bring in $20,000.
There will be two teams of Wounded Warriors playing in the tournament, one group on the Jones Course and another on the Cupp Course. Morrison said golf is a good way for these American heroes to continue their recovery.
“They’ve found that golf is the best way to rehabilitate them,” he said. “It doesn’t take a lot of strength, but it does take balance and coordination.”
The event will unofficially start during registration, with a military band playing patriotic songs. Then, the color guard from Fort Gordon will assist with opening ceremonies.
“We’re very happy with the tournament,” Morrison said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”