Veterans for Vets draws crowds to Camp Monroe

LAUREL HILL — When the disc golf course first opened last Saturday at Camp Monroe, Camp Director Gene Joiner wanted to host an event that meant something special to the community.

The Veterans for Veterans disc golf tournament was born.

The event was organized in conjunction with Dynamic Discs and the money raised from the event will help Armed Forces families by providing a scholarship for their children to attend summer camp.

“This is the first event we’ve ever held, so today was our real opening day,” Joiner said Saturday. “We are really excited because we had over 72 participants.”

People came from as far away as Sumter, SC to play in the tournament. And of course, the armed forces were also represented. Joiner said there were Army, Air Force and Marine players on the course.

“We want to thank our veterans and not just our veterans but also our families of veterans for the sacrifice and all the work they had to endure and go through. By doing this, we are going to be able to offer a free week of camp to military families,” he said.

Camp Monroe offers a 10 week summer camp on the 300 acre property. Campers spend a week here from Sunday to Friday for a traditional summer camp.

“We do a lot of activities, from swimming at the lake to adventure activities and even arts and crafts,” Joiner said. “We do everything for everyone when they are here during this week.”

Joiner said the camp is excited to be part of the community and hopes to hold at least four tournaments at the camp per year.

For the Aberdeen couple, Kat and James Culver said they couldn’t resist coming to Camp Monroe on Saturday morning. “We are avid disc golfers,” said Kat Culver. “And we were only 25 minutes away.”

“And it’s for a good cause,” said James Culver. “We like to give back to the community.”

You can reach Cheris Hodges at [email protected]

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