Annual golf tournament helps raise money for local vets

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SAN DIEGO -- A local nonprofit is helping veterans and their families, through golf.

It’s called Holes for Heroes, and Thursday morning — more than 100 people, including 30 veterans, hit the golf course at the Lomas Sante Fe Country Club in Solana Beach.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jacob Williams was among the vets raising money for other servicemen and women, all participating in the tournament.

In 2007, an IED went off right next to Williams while serving a tour in Iraq. Williams lost his left hand and now has a prosthetic. Williams said his injury could have been worse.

“Yes, this is a disability — but sometimes, you have a disability that can’t be seen. So, it’s always important to acknowledge what’s happening, acknowledge the truth and then to move forward,” said Williams.

Event Chair David Ferguson said the event is in its 9th year and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for veterans and their families.

“It’s an outstanding opportunity for them to see first hand how much the community appreciates what they do,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson said the money goes to specific needs the vets need down the road, including Williams.

“It was both enriching and rewarding to know that I was going to be able to have a prosthetic and what that did to me was allowed me to do what I loved to do before I lost my hand and to me that’s both a blessing and a benefit, you know,” Williams said.

Last year, the event raised $100,000. Organizers say they hope to beat that number this year.

A total should be announced sometime next week.

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