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Cross-country golf trip makes a stop in Saucier

This group of golfers are playing an intense 900 holes of golf in 25 days to bring attention to the treatment of veterans. (Photo source: WLOX News) This group of golfers are playing an intense 900 holes of golf in 25 days to bring attention to the treatment of veterans. (Photo source: WLOX News)
All the golfers in this epic tourney will complete their final round at the Perdido Bay Gulf Course in Pensacola. (Photo source: WLOX News) All the golfers in this epic tourney will complete their final round at the Perdido Bay Gulf Course in Pensacola. (Photo source: WLOX News)
SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) -

Nine hundred holes of golf in 25 days. That's what one group of men is trying to accomplish on its cross country trip. Wednesday, the group made its Mississippi stop at the Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier.

Plans started last Fall for the Rounds Fore Warriors epic golf journey. Jesse Knight, with the Life is For Giving Foundation, spent hundreds of hours putting together an intense cross country trip to play golf in all 50 states.

"It was crazy. Right off the get go. It originally started out as doing all 50 states in 50 days," said Knight.

The plan sounded crazy as it was, four golfers, three being retired military, traveling more than 15,000 miles to raise awareness for the treatment of veterans. One of the golfers, retired Navy veteran, Allen Wakefield, couldn't take off of work for 50 days, so the trip got even crazier.

"Let's do it in 25 days and let's do it as a fundraiser for different military foundations," said Wakefield.

So, Knight worked with the golfers to set up a May 24 start date.

"We all got together as a team in Hawaii and that's where we started," said Wakefield.

From there, the crew hit two courses a day, traveling state to state. Wednesday was day 10, and the men celebrated their 19th course. Knight said it's been challenging trying to stay on track.

"The roads, the weather. Weather was probably the biggest concern, and then also the vehicles running correctly," he said.

According to Knight, the entire trip couldn't happen without golf courses eager to help in the way that Grand Bear did. Tolby Strahan, with Grand Bear, said that the donated game was the least the course could do for the men.

"We just appreciate the service they've done for the country and we're just happy to do our small part," he said.

For the golfers, it was all about bringing attention to the treatment of our veterans. Fifteen more days of driving and golfing were just another step in that direction.

"We're warriors, and we just drive on," said Wakefield.

The next leg of this epic golf journey is to the Perdido Bay Golf Course in Pensacola. To find out more about this trip and how you can donate, please visit www.roundsforewarriors.com.

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