The men's golf team is preparing for their first event at Green Tree Country Club in Midland, TX and with that will come participation in a new program. This spring, the team will participate in the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program. The program is part of a partnership formed between the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Folds of Honor Foundation. Folds of Honor, a not for profit charity, seeks to provide annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. The Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program pairs a college golf team with one of these military families.
"This spring our team will be honoring Army Specialist Clinton R. Upchurch as part of the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program," said GCCC head golf coach Matt Zedrick. "After learning about the program at our national coaches' convention, I immediately began researching someone from the Garden City community that our team could honor. After speaking with Specialist Upchurch's mother Cindy and widow Karri, things began to take shape. Our team appreciates the honor that is associated with this program and truly appreciates his family's support. One member of our team will carry a bag with Specialist Upchurch's name featured on the bag," Zedrick said. Sophomore, Nathan Forrest, echoed Zedrick's sentiments, "It will be an honor to have the opportunity to carry the bag with Specialist Upchurch's name." "The bag will add perspective to how fortunate we are as coaches and the players as student-athletes to be given opportunities to do what we love. It serves as a reminder that people are fighting every day for our freedom, so we can have those opportunities," said Zedrick.
The team plans to auction off the bag at the end of the semester with the proceeds being donated to Folds of Honor. For more information on the team's participation in the program please contact Men's Golf Coach, Matt Zedrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in learning more about Folds of Honor visit their website at www.foldsofhonor.org.