PHOTO: Wounded Warriors beat the weather US veterans play golf in County Down
Bad weather closed most courses along the north coast of Ireland on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the men and women representing the war wounded and the Folds of Honor Foundation, who managed to play a round on the Annesley Links at Royal County Down.
The Folds of Honor Foundation was set up to look after wounded servicemen, the education of their children, and the care of those whose parent or spouse did not make it home. The organisation’s vice president, Major Ed Pulido, is leading the trip which is organised by Golf Digest Irish Tours, and is always on hand to help his fellow soldiers overcome adversity. Pulido himself lost a leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.
Originally, the troops had been scheduled to play the beautiful links of Ardglass Golf Club, but freak storms meant that not only were the courses unplayable, but many roads were closed as well. Graciously, the team at Royal County Down allowed the wounded warriors exclusive access to the club’s second course – ahead of their outing on the world famous Championship Links on Thursday.
Following the round, dinner was served in Ardglass, where the star-spangled banner was flying high. They might not have had the chance to play the course that the Irish Golf Tour Operators Association voted Links of the Year in 2011, but they did get to sample the warm hospitality and the delicious food always available in the clubhouse.