The 10th Annual Salute to Heroes Open Golf Tournament was held last Friday, June 8, at the Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course in Ocean View.
The tournament, which was originally started to honor Col. D. Lyle Hohnstine of the U.S. Army, had a name change this year “in order to share Lyle’s desires with other golf communities.”
Hohnstine was a member of the Bear Trap Dunes golf community, loved the game of golf and was dedicated to helping others. Accordingly, there were three charities that were the beneficiaries of this year’s tournament: Operation Homefront, the Salute to Military Golf Association and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Operation Homefront was created to help post-9/11 families through difficult periods in their lives to ensure that short-term needs don’t turn into chronic, long-term struggles. More than $20 million in assistance has been provided since its creation.
The Salute to Military Golf Association provides rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for those American heroes.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a national organization created to honor and empower wounded military service members by raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for their needs; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
There were a total of 25 foursomes participating in the tournament on June 8, with all of them vying for several prizes on the course, while also having an opportunity to bid on items in the post-golf auctions and some raffles as well. Tournament officials early this week did not yet have the final numbers for funds raised from the event but said they were delighted and pleased with the initial counts.
“We have great weather, and we are happy with how everything has come together this year,” Ashley Reimer, one of Hohnstine’s daughters, said at the event. “We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves, and we appreciate all of our sponsors for their generous donations and contributions.”
All 18 holes of the event had individual sponsors. Throughout the course, golfers had four opportunities to win prizes for sinking a hole-in-one. Hole No. 8 on the Grizzly course offered the chance to win a Mercedes Benz. Black Bear Hole No. 7 saw golfers trying for a cruise vacation, while Hole No. 3 on Black Bear and Hole No. 4 on Grizzly offered chances to win large flat-screen TVs.
“The Hohnstine family wishes to thank everyone for honoring Lyle with their donations, volunteering of their time, participation and friendship,” Reimer added. “We may have rebranded the golf tournament, but the cause to help post-9/11 warriors and families, as Lyle had wanted, continues.”
The Color Guard was provided by Cub Scout Pack 280 of Ocean View, and the tribute to America was presented by Jamison Moore, also of Ocean View.
By Jason Feather