Marathon golf game will raise money for scholarships of fallen soldiers.

July 12, 2021

Michael Rey, left, and Tad Reed.

Marathon golf game will raise money for scholarships of fallen soldiers.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — On Tuesday, July 13, Maj. Tad Reed and Michael Rey will play a golf marathon from sunrise to sunset, committing to a minimum of 101 holes at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The goal of the marathon is to raise funds for Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. 

The very first golf tournament benefiting Folds of Honor was held in Michigan. Additionally, Michigan has 74 scholarship recipients this academic year equaling over $356,000 dispersed. Regretfully, 28 fully qualified applicants went without awards due to lack of funding.

Reed is co-owner of Ludington Beverage Company and served in the U.S. Army for 18 years, with four deployments, including combat deployments to Iraq and two to Afghanistan as well as a humanitarian crisis response deployment to Liberia, West Africa for Operation United Assistance during the Ebola response spearheaded by the United States and the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault. In 2016 he joined the Michigan National Guard.

“Tomorrow’s golf is not about me,” Reed said. “It is about standing with our military families who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Tomorrow’s many rounds will be about so much more than golf. It will be about education and supporting those who deserve and need our help through the game we love to play.”

Rey is general manager of Lincoln Hills Golf Club and Hemlock Golf Course, both located in Hamlin Township. He is also a PGA professional. 

The number of holes the duo plans to play, 101, is intended to honor the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, in which Reed served, “and all those men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate cost,” Reed added. “Educating their legacy is noble cause and every dollar you give will go to a child or spouse of the fallen or wounded for their education.”

The marathon will end with a flag retirement ceremony from the Ludington American Legion honor guard, approximately at 6 p.m. 

“There are 13 Folds to the flag of the United States when it is retired.  Therefore, our goal is to raise $13,000, which is almost three full scholarships for recipients within the state of Michigan,” Reed said.

“I am also honoring the partnership that Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch have committed to the legacy of Folds of Honor by being the very first Anheuser-Busch independent wholesaler in the United States of America to complete a Folds of Honor Golf Marathon. Every year, a dollar per case of special Budweiser packages goes directly to Folds of Honor, funding hundreds of scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.”

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