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Annual Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament held at Holly Lake Ranch

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HAWKINS, TX (KLTV) - More than 150 golfers teed it up at Holly Lake Ranch today for the Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament. East Texans were swinging away to raise money for heroes past and present.

"All I can say is we are having fun out here," Claude Grisham who served in World War II said.  "It's a beautiful day to be on the golf course at my age."

It was a beautiful day at Holly Lake Ranch Golf Course in more ways than one. The annual golf tournament is both a fundraiser and special event to remember the ones who have served our country.

"To know that it goes strong year after year, and its a 14 or 15 year tradition here at Holly Lake Ranch speaks a lot for the community," General Manager Eric Eitel said who also served in the Gulf War. Josh Lewis, who served in the Air Force added, "It just shows that people really care. Our brothers and sisters are still over there fighting, and we need to keep thinking about them and praying for them."

All of the funds raised from the tournament support the Veterans Memorial Park in Hawkins. The money helps maintain the grounds and make improvements.

"We are about to add a pavilion so people can grill and actually stay up there," Greg Demko the President of the Greater Hawkins Memorial Association said. Demko who served in the Air Force added, "The helicopter that is in the middle of the pond is coming down soon and is going to be refurbished."

The Greater Hawkins Memorial Association oversees the park and keeping it up to date means a lot to the these veterans.

"It shows respect for those who have given their services to our country," former Army Colonel Jeanette Sterner said. "Keeping it nice like this, that's our rule of thumb." Lewis added, "The memorial's help show the younger kids this is the people who fought for us and died for us so we can play golf today and do what we want."

As for the golf. "A lot of people are yelling fore,"Demko said. "Holly Lake Ranch as you can see is a wooded area so we spend a lot time off roading."

As long as the Memorial Park is above par and not the scores, everyone's a winner on this day.

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