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Troops Treasure Golf Supplies Overseas

Posted May 31, 2007

— What do soldiers do in Iraq when they're not searching for Al Qaeda? Some of them golf.

The sport is becoming a favorite stress-reliever among deployed troops, and some local volunteers are sending donated golf supplies overseas. There have been so many requests that they can't keep up with the demand.

Give 2 The Troops, a non-profit group that sends care packages to soldiers at war, has collected at least 50,000 golf balls and 5,000 clubs.

Director Barbara Whitehead said normally, volunteers send the usual snacks and toiletries, but the love of golf has taken over.

"Some of the troops have built driving ranges and there [are] two golf courses,” she said. “We have troops teaching Iraqi children how to play golf."

It started with a request from Whitehead's deployed son, who wanted golf clubs for a buddy. But word quickly spread to golf magazines and television shows. Now, the aisles at Give 2 The Troops are getting pretty tight.

"I am so proud of the American people,” Whitehead said. “Our guys don't have cable TV or a gym. A lot of them are in remote areas, and they have to create their recreation."

Now a soldier's best friend isn't just his rifle. It's Big Bertha or Predator.

"We had one EOD guy, that's the bomb squad, tell us there's nothing better than standing in a pool of sweat, with blood dripping from your arms, beating that little white ball all over creation,” Whitehead said.

Give 2 The Troops has already shipped 45 to 50 sets of golf clubs, but they need help to sort and pack all those supplies. They also need golf boxes to ship them in, and donations to pay for postage.

Donations can be sent to:
Give2TheTroops, Inc.
ATTN: Barbara Whitehead, NC Branch Director
3109 Landmark St.
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-321-8227


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  • .45 Jun 2, 2007

    Hey wait one minute!!!

    I watch the news most days and my TV tells me that the troops are under constant attack. They are all huddling in fear 24/7. They war is going horribly and we are at the breaking point.

    When and where are these guys playing golf?

    Surely my TV isn't misleading me. Like any good American I do exactly what it tells me to do.
    That's it the internet is evil!
    No more internet news for me. No more reading either.
    TV, sorry I ever doubted you, I love you!

  • .45 Jun 2, 2007

    The whole country is one giant sand trap that doesn't sound like a stress reliever to me but I guess go take what you can get.

  • Army Widow Jun 1, 2007

    Give2TheTroops, Inc., NC Branch is always happy to receive donations of other recreation items, but currently we have not received any other sport recreation items. We have troops who would love to receive, soccer ball, baseball/football equipment,
    etc. Lets give them a little peace of mind and keep them happy with what little down time they have until their mission is complete. We are a 100% voluntary organization dependent upon our wonderful donors who support our troops. Together we can accomplish our mission. We are extremely thankful for all the support we receive.

  • Hip-Shot May 31, 2007

    I was wondering about basketball as well "then who cares", but then I got to realize that it is always in excess of 100 degrees over there and probably something lower impact such as golf would be better.

    I love it too, but I have a tendency to get frustrated with myself when I don't play to my expectations.

  • JeffersonDavis May 31, 2007

    hmm golf is far from a stress reliever for me, but if it helps them out, im all for it

  • then who cares May 31, 2007

    Don't forget the other sports--baseball, softball, football, etc. Probably any form of entertainment.

  • ladyblue May 31, 2007

    what a great idea I'll contact them