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Tourney to benefit wounded vets

By Leanne Fuller lfuller@paducahsun.com

By organizing the Swing for the Troops: Helping Those Who Help Us golf tournament, a Mayfield couple hopes to give back to the veterans services organization that was there for them several years ago.

All proceeds from the nine-hole golf scramble will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Mayfield-Graves County Country Club.

Tournament organizer Jenn Huff said that her husband, Rob, served in the U.S. Army for eight years. She said that when, in 2008 or 2009, he had to return home from serving in Afghanistan because of medical problems, the Wounded Warrior Project enabled her to be with him while he was treated.

"They paid for me to eat, and for me to stay with him and all the things I needed for three months just to be with him at Walter Reed Hospital," Huff said.

Huff said that she and her husband wanted to do something to help the organization that helped them and provides a variety of services to wounded veterans and their families. The organization's programs include stress recovery programs, physical health and wellness programs and economic empowerment programs.

"I just love what they're about. They do a lot of awesome things," Huff said.

"We just thought we could try to give back a little, and I thought a golf tournament would be a good way to do it," she added.

Huff and her husband organized the event with the help of First Kentucky Bank in Mayfield, where she is the branch manager. Huff said the bank helped put her in contact with people in the community who are helping with sponsorships and prizes.

"We've got some awesome prizes that people in our community have donated," Huff said.

Huff said prizes include a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, a $500 hole-in-one prize, golf clubs, golf balls and free meals at local restaurants.

The Graves County High School JROTC color guard will also be at the event, Huff said, and Murray singer Olivia Faye Floyd will perform.

Participation is $150 for a team of four; to sponsor a hole is $100 and to do both is $200. Cart fees are included. Checks are accepted, and can be made payable to Swing for the Troops. For more information about the tournament, call 270-206-0957.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit http://woundedwarriorproject.org.

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

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