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AUSA event raises money for military families

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This is one golf tournament where the final score really isn't the focus.

The 26th annual "Fore R Troops" Golf Tournament is more about laughing, having a good time and raising money to support the soldiers and their families of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Tee-off is noon, Friday, June 10 at Eagles Pride Golf Course near DuPont.

"What we really want are players that want to go out and enjoy the outdoors and have a lot of fun," said Carroll Dickson, a retired Army colonel and coordinator of the tournament. "We refer to it as a fun tournament."

The 18-hole Scramble will have a shotgun start and is limited to 144 golfers. So, registration is on a first-come basis.

Dickson remembers the days when the tournament was open to all comers and 180-plus golfers entered. But that didn't work out.

"It just took too long to get around on that," Dickson said. "We decided the best way to do it is to limit it to 144."

For each player the cost is $100 ($50 for E-4 or below), which includes green fees, a cart and a dinner at the golf course.

For early registration, there are two options. Simply email Dickson at carrolldickson@comcast.net and he'll email you a registration form. Or go online to the AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter and print it and fill out the registration form.

Friends can sign up together to make their own foursome, or golfers can sign up individually.

"If you wanted, you and your three buds can sign up for your foursome," Dickson said. "If you just want to sign up as an individual, then we'll pair you up."

Besides the golf, good time and a dinner, the registration fees go to helping military families.  Dickson said the money goes to supporting the annual volunteer of the year banquet, to the annual Army ball, and other military events including JBLM's turkey-ham dinner program.

"Any event needs some unappropriated monies to make it happen," said Dickson, who has been involved with the golf tournament for all 26 of its editions.

There is one more benefactor. The winning team pockets a whopping $100.

"We're talking big money here," Dickson said with a chuckle.

When costs for the green fees and the dinner are covered, the annual golf tournament raises about $5,000. The tournament is fun and helps military families. A double win.

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