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Wounded Warrior Golf Classic scheduled for May 19

The organizers of the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic are aiming higher for the event’s fifth edition, which is scheduled for May 19.

Last year, the tournament raised $37,500. This year, the goal is $45,000.

“We are an independent nonprofit and all-volunteer organization; we have no paid staff and no facilities,” said Dick Marshall, the Wounded Warrior Classic’s publicity chairman. “That means that every dime we make goes to wounded warriors and military veterans.”

Since it began, the tournament has raised more than $70,000.

“This year, the majority of the money will go to the USC Aiken Veteran and Military Student Success Center,” Marshall said. “Part of it also will go to Fort Gordon to help veterans there in various ways.”

Last year, the Wounded Warrior Classic formed a partnership with the Veteran and Military Student Success Center. Some of the funds raised by the event were used to buy three computer systems and to provide tuition supplements.

“We’re going to be increasing our support because that program at USC Aiken is growing,” Marshall said.

The 2014 edition of the Wounded Warrior Classic will be held on the Plantation and Wisteria courses at the Woodside Plantation Country Club. There will be a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament is limited to 240 golfers, and the deadline to sign up is May 12. The cost to register is $100 per player or $400 per team.

Sponsorships are available, and they range in cost from $100 to $1,000.

For more information, call Jack Morrison, chairman of the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic Committee, at 803-295-2614 or email him at morrison.jack59@hotmail.com. Marshall can be contacted by calling 803-642-6545 or by sending an email to richardm@gforcecable.com.

Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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