AND WITH THAT JIM SMITH WAS OFF ON HIS INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. HE CALLS HIS EVENT - "100 HOLES FOR HEROES"...SMITH PLAYING WITH 5 VETERANS, A DIFFERENT ONE FOR EACH ROUND OF 18. WITH ALL PROCEEDS RAISED GOING TOWARDS THE "FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION"
"We've raised a lot of money so far. It's a great charity. 87% return on the money and started by a PGA professional, also a fighter pilot. Great organization...I mean it's just unbelievable."
AND THAT MONEY GOES DIRECTLY TO SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE DEPENDENTS OF SERVICE MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED OR DISABLED IN THE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ CONFLICTS.
"WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO PLAY WITH THESE GUYS JIM?"
"well it means a lot to me. I never served in the armed services and I know the freedoms that we enjoy right now and we owe to these guys (coughs) so it's a real pleasure. They're all good golfers. I haven't had one yet that hasn't held up their end and they're the best and the brightest. they really made this country what it is."
AND JIM STUCK TO HIS STEADY PACE THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON...BEGINNING HIS DAY JUST AFTER 5:30 AM..AND COMPLETING HIS 100TH HOLE RIGHT AROUND 8 PM THAT NIGHT
"ya it's been great, I got a smile on my face all day. I mean it's benefiting something that I really believe in. My playing partner and I are both dentists, that's an educational thing we both believe in and it's a great thing to do. It's been a lot of fun and I'm def. gonna do it again next year."
AND HOW ABOUT THE TOTAL RAISED FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL "HOLES FOR HEROES EVENT. JIM AND THE VETS BRINGING IN OVER 21 HUNDRED DOLLARS. WITH THAT MONEY RAISED EXPECTED TO HELP THE FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION REACH A 5 THOUSANDTH TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP SINCE THEIR ESTABLISHMENT BACK IN 2007.
THEY EXPECT TO REACH THAT NUMBER NOW BY LABOR DAY.
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