The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is extraordinarily grateful and blessed by our relationship with PING Golf and the Solheim family. Each year, PING CEO and owner John Solheim is gracious enough to invite Chairman Dick Goetz, and several Wounded Warriors to receive VIP treatment at PING World Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. The day is spent fitting Warriors with an entire set of PING golf clubs.
A large Texas-sized thank you to PING, John Solheim, and the entire Solheim family.
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation and the Dew Boys at Eagles Bluff Country Club, along with the Richard and Madeline Lewis Scholarship, have provided nearly $200,000 in funds for scholarships for Wounded Military Active Duty or Veteran Armed Forces members at UT Tyler.
Spring and Fall 2022
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation sponsors two Family Retreats each year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall. It has been the happy tradition of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation to do something for the ENTIRE WARRIOR FAMILY. For the past several years this something has taken place in New Braunfels, Texas, at the T Bar M Camp. The event is a Family Retreat, two nights and three days.
The Warrior Family Retreat is for the warrior, spouse, and family, and T Bar M is a family friendly place. The massive grounds include a full-size gymnasium with ping pong, shuffle board, pool, and a weight room. There are tennis courts, a putting green, swimming pool, walking trails, baseball diamond, meeting rooms, meals, and lodging. It is also a good place to simply RELAX. There is no cost to the individuals or families.
The weekend also includes Biblical teaching from evangelist Rick Hughes. Rick has been part of the retreats since their beginning (2016). He teaches three 45-minute sessions with the adults and teens, while the kids 11 and under enjoy some special well-planned activities. Rick’s humorous stories and his experiences from college football days with Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama, allow him to have great rapport with his audience. His approach is not an appeal to emotions but rather a challenge to the intellect (rickhughesministries.org). There have been some changed lives from these 45-minute sessions.
The warriors and their families enjoy the retreats…so do the kids.
The 15th Annual Tyler Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-Am took place the weekend of October 1-3, 2022, and was once again the highlight of our calendar year! Warriors traveled from all over the state, including many from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Fort Hood, and Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
25 Wounded Warriors and their spouses were honored. The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is proud to have the opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice that these incredible individuals have given to our country and way of life. Our four Pro-Am tournaments are a huge focal point of our annual calendar, and they provide so much more than an opportunity to raise awareness, exposure, and funding for our Wounded Warriors; most of all they provide an opportunity for the involved communities at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, at Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo, at The Cascades Country Club in Tyler, and at Escondido Country Club in Horseshoe Bay the great honor of recognizing how much our heroes have provided to preserve our freedom and liberty in the greatest nation in the world.
In July 2022, Amarillo hosted the largest Texas Wounded Warrior event to date. There were 46 wounded warriors, along with 46 golf teams that played on both golf courses at Tascosa Country Club. Most of the warriors traveled to Amarillo on a bus, stopping in Wichita Falls for lunch and then on to Amarillo for an afternoon golf challenge at Preston West Golf Course. After a full day on Monday at the golf course, the warriors were treated to a Mexican dinner at Jorges’ Mexican Restaurant.
The Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-Am at Escondido Golf & Lake Club was initiated by Bob Goetz along with Buck and Tina Mayers in 2013. Bob visited with some of his golfing buddies and they decided to bring the Wounded Warriors to Horseshoe Bay and give them an opportunity to play on one of the premier golf courses in the state of Texas. Buck and Tina picked up the reins and ran with it in a big way.
Buck, head golf instructor at Escondido, and his wife, Tina, head golf professional at one of the Horseshoe Bay courses have been instrumental in securing sponsorships and teams that continue to make this event so successful. Their efforts are untiring and we are most grateful for all they have done for the Warriors. Every detail of their event is first class: Honor Guard of Colors Ceremony; high ranking military attending who encourage warriors on and off the course; a great day of golf on a beautiful golf course, and an after event dinner. The event has raised over $600,000 over the years and is a very popular event in the Hill Country.
October 31, 2022
An absolutely beautiful day greeted the Second Annual Mira Vista Country Club Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-Am on Monday, October 31, Halloween in Fort Worth. A special thank you to the Rainwater Charitable Foundation for their $25,000 donation and presenting sponsorship of the event. Due to the success of the first two events, with 20 teams and 100 players participating in each, the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation was able to partner with and present a donation in the amount of $51,000 to the North Texas PGA Hope (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Foundation - a program aimed at providing free access to instruction, equipment, and opportunities to practice and play for military veterans and wounded warriors from all branches of our military. The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation strongly believes that this partnership with the North Texas PGA Section, and PGA Hope is a perfect and natural relationship, and a great way for the Foundation to continue to provide outreach and fulfill our mission of helping to heal veterans and warriors while growing the game through a passion and love for golf.
Board Members at Mira Vista Country Club during the Halloween Registration.
Honor Guard at Mira Vista Country Club
Hall Buick GMC of Tyler and Hall Chevrolet Buick GMC of Canton hosted Texas Wounded Warrior Month in May for the twelfth consecutive year.
For each vehicle sold, the Halls donated a portion of the sale to the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Over the years they have donated over $100,000 in the support of our wounded warriors.
Hall Buick GMC, along with East Texas Cruzers and Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation provided a $30,000 contribution for the purchase of equipment to the Christian Restoration Community Residential Care Program Center (CRC) founded by Debra Christian in East Texas. This provides veteran students enrolled in the CRC’s apprenticeship program training in the horticulture industry. They will receive classroom instruction as well as on-the-job training to equip them for career and employment opportunities.