Long Drive for Heroes to Host $50K Invitational
April 21, 2021
Long Drive for Heroes (LD4H) was founded to assist military and para-military members by providing support during their transition back into the local community. By connecting professional and veteran long drive competitors with promoters and event organizers, LD4H can raise awareness for charitable causes and provide a professional fundraising platform to assist in meeting everyone’s goals and objectives. Working in partnership with the John Daly and Major Eduard Pulido Heart of a Lion Foundation and Folds of Honor Foundation, LD4H has announced dates and prize money for the first of four long drive events scheduled for September 10-12. The Heart of a Lion Foundation supports children, first responders and veterans to make sure they do not get left behind. The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded by Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot and PGA member who is dedicated to funding scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members.
$50,000 Long Drive for Heroes Invitational
LD4H will host the Long Drive for Heroes Invitational for pro-vet competitors to tee-it-up for their share of the $50,000 prize purse at Cameron University Facility in Lawton, OK on September 10-12. Sponsors are relying on the invited 63-man field of veteran long drivers and tour professionals as well as one military pro long driver to show up with their “A” game. The cash purse will be paid to the Top Eight finishers with first place prize money of $20,000. The format for the Invitational will be four groups of sixteen, with times to be set based on the field.
Registration will be through Winning Ticket for the Long Drive for Heroes Invitational. Registration for pro-vet long drive invitees is $750 per competitor. Military long drivers wishing to qualify for the single open slot in the field of professional competitors can registered for four (4) attempts for $160, two (2) tries for $80, or one (1) try for $40. Military Qualifier is scheduled from 10am-12pm on September 11th. The 63 invited long drive competitors plus the winner of the Military Qualifier will be broken into four groups of sixteen with the eight highest point earners advancing. The final 32 competitors will compete in single elimination match play.
According to LD4H organizers, updates on travel restrictions with the Coronavirus may cause the field size to change but the purse will not.
Creating Awareness for PTSD
Long Drive for Heroes also focuses support for individuals struggling with the life-after-the-service transition of dealing with PTSD. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comes in many different forms and can affect people from all walks of lives. It is a psychiatric disorder that often occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as war or combat, a natural disaster, a serious accident, or a terrorist act as well as those who have been threatened with death, or seriously injured. Over history, PTSD has been called different things, such as shell shock in World War I and combat fatigue during World War II. In addition to mental health issues, PTSD can cause a host of physical symptoms, such as chronic pain, fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, and nausea. To learn more about effective treatment options for PTSD, read the National Center for PTSD publication “Understanding PTSD Treatment.”
Start making your plans to attend the Long Drive for Heroes Invitational at Lawton Country Club in Lawton, OK to the world’s longest hitters compete for the $50,000 guaranteed purse on September 11-12. If you are a Military or Veteran qualifier, pack your big boy pants. This year’s field for the Invitational is second to none and features seasoned pro long drivers and up-and-coming long ball hitters, as well.