By: RD Foster

 

McKINNEY (May 12, 2015) — The fifth annual McKinney Veterans of Foreign Wars Lone Star Post 2150 Golf Tournament, the only annual fundraiser in support of the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney, will be held Saturday, May 16, at historic Oak Hollow Golf Course, 3005 N. McDonald St. in McKinney. Tee time is 0800, or 8 a.m. for the civilian players, and it will consist of a shotgun start in the form of a scramble.

Oak Hollow Golf Course has quite a storied history with U.S. Servicemen and Veterans. In May of 1943, in the early days of World War II, the U.S. Army chose McKinney as one of 44 U.S. cities to build a vitally needed new hospital. Located on North Church Street, Ashburn General Hospital, a 1,530-bed unit, comprised of 110 wood-and-tile buildings on 270 acres of land, was soon operating at capacity treating wounded American soldiers from all over the world. For all those recuperating young men and a staff of 300 Army personnel, there wasn’t a lot to do in small-town McKinney.

Two professional golfers, who would go on to become legends, began raising funds through golf tournaments, and were soon able to build a 9-hole golf course on the northern edge of the hospital grounds. Byron Nelson and, at the time, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ben Hogan were on hand for the opening-day ceremonies of the course they helped build, along with a slew of Hollywood celebrities and dozens of young American heroes. Approximately 70 years later, on May 16, 2015, that tradition carries on with veterans and patriots alike supporting the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney and the 359 Collin County fallen warriors whose names are etched into the Wall of Honor.

The tournament is open to anyone who would like to play, donate prize items or sponsor a hole. Last year there were 93 players. You can bring your own foursome or join with another at the course. Entry fee is $90 per player, which includes 18 holes of play (cart provided), special prizes for hole-in-ones, farthest drive and putting contest. Lunch is included and will be served immediately after the tournament at the VFW Post 2150, just down the street from Oak Hollow. Every player will win a prize.

Prizes include: A Memorial Day ride on a Huey helicopter that flew combat missions in Vietnam; Free rounds of golf at TPC Craig Ranch and Hurricane Creek courses; golf balls, clubs and accessories; gift certificates to area restaurants, liquor stores and sporting events; Tickets to Billy Bob’s Texas; LaDainian Tomlinson autographed, framed jersey; Earl Campbell autographed picture, and much more.

Sponsorships are available for businesses or individuals for $200 each, which includes a poster-size placard with your name or logo posted on the edge of a green, as well as being printed in the program.

If you would like to participate as a player, donor or sponsor, please contact James Nichols, VFW Post 2150 Commander – phone 972-542-9119; email gmlsp2150@gmail.com. The mailing address is 1710 N. Church St., McKinney TX 75069. Donations are tax deductible. The tax number of VFW Lone Star Post 2150 is 75-6040138. Or email Collin County Freedom Fighters at ccfreedomfighters@msn.com.

 

About VFW Post 2150

VFW Post 2150 was founded in 1936 and recently celebrated its 75 anniversary being the third oldest post in Texas. The VFW is America's oldest major Veterans service organization which has a rich and notable history that has not only served America's veterans but America as a whole. A piece of history that was recently completed was the Collin County Veteran's memorial. VFW Post 2150 members worked with the City of McKinney  design, fund and oversee building of the memorial honoring fallen Soldiers of Collin County.

VFW Post 2150's community service program goals are developed to increase visibility in the local area and increase pride, patriotism and educate citizens of all ages about the history of our nation while helping out the less fortunate and giving back to the community.

VFW Post 2150's purpose is to provide a safe, welcoming environment to Veteran's while giving the means to be able to contribute in a positive way to the community in which we live and work to consistently make better the various people and programs we come into contact with. Our mission statement is “To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.”

We appreciate your support in this effort to honor the heroes of Collin County. For more information, visit vfwpost2150.org.

Sincerely,

Post 2150 VFW Members, The Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary.