BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Veterans Day, Michael McVeigh's performance on the golf course won't be judged by his scorecard. Instead, he'll be racing against the clock.
McVeigh, a student at Golf Academy of America in Dallas whose stint in the Army included tours in Iraq and Somalia, will spend 11 hours racing around Brookhaven Country Club in a quest to play 11 18-hole (198 holes) rounds of golf in 11 hours.
The event will raise awareness and funds for Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA), a non-profit organization that provides rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9/11 wounded war veterans. Students from Golf Academy of America's colleges in San Diego, Phoenix, Myrtle Beach and Orlando will hold similar Veterans Day golf marathons.
Military veterans comprise about one-fourth of Golf Academy of America's students.
"It's important to Golf Academy of America to recognize and honor military veterans who sacrifice so much for our country," said Golf Academy of America president Jim Hart.
Fellow students at Golf Academy of America in Dallas will support McVeigh's efforts by driving him, spotting shots, teeing golf balls and tending flagsticks.
"I wanted to give something back to my fellow military veterans," said McVeigh, now a sergeant in the Army National Guard. "I'm proud that Golf Academy of America sponsors events like this."
For information on how to sponsor McVeigh, visit Golf Academy of America's Dallas campus at 1861 Valley View Lane, Suite 100 in Farmers Branch, Texas, or give online at www.smga.org/donate and list Golf Academy of America as the reason for donating.
About Golf Academy of America
Golf Academy of America (formerly the San Diego Golf Academy) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world. Golf Academy of America's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Dallas. For more information, call 800-342-7342 or visit www.GolfAcademy.edu. The schools are owned and operated by the Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit www.ECAColleges.com for more information.
SOURCE Golf Academy of America