“Divots Can Be Replaced, Freedom Cannot”

There is a saying in the military: “For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected may never know.” Please read the following testimonials from some of our supporters who appreciate the freedom we enjoy protected by those who have given so much.

There is nothing more important than supporting the men and women serving in our military. Because of their sacrifices, we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. Too often, that is forgotten as we go about our daily lives. Tee It Up for the Troops honors soldiers and their families by raising funds and awareness. Each of us owes a debt to those who have answered the call of duty. Joining forces with Tee It Up for the Troops is one way to begin paying back that debt. I am proud to be a part of an organization whose mission is to care for those who care for us.

– Randall McDaniel, Retired NFL Hall of Famer, played for the Minnesota Vikings


As a soldier whose life took an unexpected turn, Tee It Up for the Troops helped guide me through tough times while showing me a new purpose and life goals. I currently teach golf, and through my association with Tee It Up for the Troops I was led to an additional career in motivational speaking. Tee It Up for the Troops offers a second chance for thousands of wounded veterans while also paying tribute to the families and soldiers who are no longer with us. Tee It Up for the Troops carries on the tradition of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

– Jared Agnetti, SGT. US Army, Ret.


Living or working in such a magnificent place like Mirasol makes it very easy for us to take for granted that there are men and women of the United States Armed Forces who make daily sacrifices in order to protect our freedom. It was an honor for the members at Mirasol to have the opportunity to show their support and pride for our troops and to support Tee It Up for the Troops.

– Matt Lambert, General Manager, The Country Club at Mirasol


Tee It Up for the Troops is one of those rare organizations that truly cares about the service members and veterans of this country. I am so humbled and thankful to be involved with them. When I was at Walter Reed, I was thinking that I wouldn’t be able to participate in any sport activities after all of my surgeries. I was at the bottom because of injuries sustained in an IED blast in Iraq, and Tee It Up for the Troops gave me words of inspiration and support. Golf and Tee It Up for the Troops has opened the door to the many possibilities before me, and it has given me a greater appreciation and zest for life as well as what I am supposed to do here with the time I have left on this earth to help my fellow soldiers and veterans. So to you, James Ball, and Tee It Up for the Troops, thanks for a helping hand in the midst of our troubled times.

– Charles Eggleston, Wounded Warrior and Purple Heart Recipient


My first golf tournament went pretty well and my golfers were overwhelmed with the number of disabled veterans that played in my event. This is the right thing to do for all of the right reasons and I am dedicated to this organization because of what JB Ball started and continues today. I am a former Marine, one of the fortunate ones, and doing this is simply . . . the right thing to do at this point in my life. Marines stay the way and that is what I intend to do.

– Bill Gilkes, PGA West Central Chapter


Having come into this world at the beginning of World War II I cut my teeth on the at-home effects of war and the family sacrifices it demands. My earliest memories include all of us gathered around my grandfather’s console radio listening to the weekly war reports and collectively holding our breath at the mention of combat in regions we knew “our” men were in. My recollections include the deepest sense of unfettered patriotism and pride that our family, along with all the other families, was not just sacrificing at home by rationing and doing without, but literally offering the lives of our family’s men and the family’s future well-being to protect our nation and the freedoms it offers. We are blessed that those who support our tournament and the Tee It Up for the Troops cause recognize that whatever challenges they may face, or sacrifices required, they pale in comparison to the price paid every day by those who protect and fall for our freedom. It is for them that we must keep on working.

– Dick Rutledge, Past President Tee It Up for the Troops California Chapter


The Tee It Up for the Troops initiative has offered a flexible, solutions-based opportunity to anyone who shares the desire to enhance the lives of America’s Freedom Fighters. Be it volunteering personal resources or generating funds through special events, everyone who engages in the efforts of TIUFTT has the opportunity to say “Thank You” to our soldiers, the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. CMAA and the Club Foundation have never experienced an organization with a better record of “delivering the mission.” TIUFTT has got it figured out. You are truly a beacon in the darkest of night!

– Jim Singerling, former CEO, CMAA


The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is tremendously proud to be a part of the Tee It Up for the Troops program. In addition to providing immeasurable support for our nation’s military and their families, Tee It Up for the Troops continues to be instrumental in keeping these brave men and women who sacrifice for their country on the minds and in the hearts of golfers and fans nationwide. At the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, we direct our contributions directly to our programs; therefore, a hefty advertising budget is out of the question and we rely heavily on word of mouth and the positive press we’ve been fortunate enough to receive. Tee It Up for the Troops has been vital in garnering support for the Fund and spreading awareness about the work that we do through its professional and tireless promotion of the various wonderful organizations it supports. We are truly grateful to be involved in this very special program, increasing the visibility and emphasizing the critical importance of our efforts and those of other organizations throughout our nation that support the men and women of the armed forces and their families.

– Richard T. Santulli, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund


Thank you again for helping us rebuild the lives of our wounded warriors through sports!

– Kirk M. Bauer, US Army, Ret., Executive Director DSUSA