Registration Now Open for the General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Annual Golf Classic at Joint Base Andrews on July 20

By Annamarya Scaccia

golf For golf lovers, there’s nothing like getting in a couple of rounds underneath the bright sky of summer. With the sun beaming down and the light wind breezing through, hitting the course can be a serene experience—even if you’re competing.

But what’s better than nailing that hole in one and snagging a trophy? Playing the game all in the name of education.

Golfers looking to show off their swing skills while helping Prince George’s County youth receive training in aviation can do so at the General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Annual Golf Classic, taking place at the Course at Joint Base Andrews on July 20. Registration is now open for those looking to take part (cutoff date is July 12).

The 22nd annual golf tournament, named after U.S. Air Force General and World War II Tuskegee Airmen Commander Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., will begin with a scramble and shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Competitions will be held for both men and women in three categories: Closest to Pin and Longest Drive, which will name two winners each, and Low Scramble Score for first, second and third place.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) Education Assistance Grants program for eligible students in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The non-profit organization, which is sponsoring the tournament, also offers the Youth in Aviation Program that includes ground school and a flight program to solo.

The annual golf classic will also feature door prizes, including roundtrip airfare for two and deluxe hotel suite accommodations. But most notably and exciting, golfers and attendees will get a chance to meet and chat with the heroes of the original Tuskegee Airmen crew, whose story was recently told in the hit move, Red Tails, as well as network with other local dignitaries.

Entry fee includes a greens fee, cart fee, range balls, lunch buffet and awards presentation.

In addition to registration, ECCTAI is also seeking corporate donations through monetary, promotional or sponsorship means. For more information, contact Bruce Alexander at 301-653-9369 or C.D. Smith at 703-967-4463.

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, July 2, 2012

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