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Driving Forces

Upcoming golf tournaments to raise funds for Cape and Islands charities

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Courtesy of: The Club at New Seabury

Summer on Cape Cod! What more could one ask for than blue skies, quality time with friends and family, and—for the golf enthusiast—a round or two at one of the many spectacular courses on the Cape and Islands. How about the fact that many charity golf tournaments to be held in the coming months pair worthy and inspiring causes with a little fun in the sun on the links? In the following pages, we highlight three of these tournaments and offer some insight on the organizations they help support.

On June 28 & 29, The Golf Club of Cape Cod in East Falmouth hosts “TGC for the Troops,” a fundraising tourney to benefit local veterans and servicemen and women. On July 13, the New Seabury Country Club hosts the CHIP’s House Golf Tournament, which benefits CHIP’s House, a group residence in Centerville where 21 adults with traumatic head injuries live. A little later in the year, participants at the Vineyard Charity Golf Classic will tee off September 28 at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown. Organized by the Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, this event offers spectacular Vineyard views—and raises funds for several island charities.

Have a wonderful summer, work on your slice, and consider teeing off for a few great local causes.

TGC for the Troops Tournament

The Golf Club of Cape Cod—June 28, 29

The sixth-annual “TGC for the Troops” tournament is held Sunday and Monday, June 28-29 at The Golf Club of Cape Cod in Falmouth. Begun in 2009, the tourney benefits the TGC Fund, which supports local veterans and active military personnel who face significant personal challenges and financial needs. John Flanagan, a club member and a Falmouth resident who served as a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, founded the charity.

“General Flanagan was very involved with the community in Falmouth, including being involved with veterans affairs on the Cape,” says Gwen Errhalt, the club’s membership manager. “He expressed the needs of both veterans and active duty personnel to find assistance that government programs did not address.” Flanagan passed away in 2012.

Over the years, The TGC Fund has helped veterans by covering the cost of job training courses, outpatient group transportation, supermarket gift cards, and some medical expenses. The cost of postage for care packages sent to local servicemen stationed around the world has also been covered.

It is important to note, Errhalt says, that The TGC Fund is donor-advised and administered by the Cape Cod Foundation, a local organization that manages charitable funds. “Instead of raising money for a charity and blindly donating, we get to be involved and informed of exactly what the funds raised are applied to,” Errhalt says. “This gives us the opportunity to play an active part in determining what organizations and needs are addressed and gives our supporters a sense of pride in the direct assistance we can provide our local heroes.”