SMGA and Folds of Honor partner to help disabled U.S. veterans through the game of golf

Win a raffle and play golf with NFL legends Jerry Rice, Chris Doleman and 25 U.S. disabled veterans on the great links of Ireland

Staff Sgt. Ramon Padilla (Ret.), a SMGA warrior golfer, sinks a putt during the 2012 Ireland Golf Trip. Padilla’s children are Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.

Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) and Golf Digest Irish Tours, in partnership with Warriors for Freedom Foundation and Folds of Honor Foundation, have joined forces with NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, a scratch golfer, and NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, a 3-handicap, to help disabled U.S. veterans recover from their injuries through the great game of golf.

This fabulous prize includes golf at Waterville, Lahinch, Tralee, Old Head, Dooks and Ballybunion, flights, accommodations, caddies or carts and all meals. This once-in-a-lifetime golf trip will take place September 13-20, 2014, and you could be going for just $10.

Here’s how the raffle works:

Online at, you can buy one ticket for $10; three tickets for $25; five tickets for $35; seven tickets and an SMGA Nike golf shirt for $125; 10 tickets and an SMGA Nike wind-shirt for $175; 15 tickets and an SMGA Nike golf bag for $375.

One lucky winner, to be selected on June 10, 2014, will join the 25 wounded veterans and NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Chris Doleman on the Freedom Golf Tour of Ireland.

Says Chris Doleman: “I totally believe in the mission of the Salute Military Golf Association, using golf to improve disabled veterans’ recovery and gain a better quality of life for them and their families.”

Adds Jerry Rice: “Now, Golf Digest Irish Tours is taking that recovery one step further with this fabulous trip to Ireland. We must never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans, and we should always be proud of their inspirational achievements. We’re very excited and honored to be helping these heroes in any way we can. I hope everyone buys a raffle ticket and we raise as much money as possible to support the SMGA’s nine golf programs around the United States.”

Jamie Winslow, co-founder of SMGA, said, “We are very grateful that Jerry Rice and Chris Doleman have teamed up with SMGA and Golf Digest Irish Tours. They are fantastic role models, and together we will help raise much needed awareness for the wounded men and women who have stepped forward to serve this great nation of ours.”


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