Fundraising is a big part of the golf community along the Grand Strand, and the management and staff at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club love to get involved and help different causes.  This month they hosted an amazing event to help our military veterans and the US Marines.  The “Grunt and Grind” sponsored by Grunt Style apparel and Srixon is the subject of this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand.

There were over 100 golfers participating in the 18 hole event.  They were there to raise money for the Veterans Golf Association whose mission is committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow our members to compete, socialize, and remain physically active through the game of golf.  Additionally, the VGA offers family oriented activities that will help veterans and their family members increase the amount of quality time spent together.  Golfers were also encouraged to bring in items to put in care packages to send overseas to US Marine protecting our country.

Brett Thomaswick, PGA Head Professional at Sandpiper Bay along with his staff and an active duty marine played a 100 hole marathon trying to raise money by making birdies during their day.  At $5/birdie, Brett and his crew made 98 birdies and raised $480!  Ben Harrian, the marine in the group is stationed at Camp Lejuene and brother of first assistant Brandon Harrian.  They had a flag ceremony at 6:45am and then teed it up at 7:00 and played for 12 hours.

“All in all it was an amazing day of golf” said Thomaswick.  “Our small group had a long day playing 100 holes and making birdies.  The other golfers enjoyed their day and donated a tremendous amount of items for the care packages to be sent overseas.”

Each golfer received a shirt courtesy of Grunt Style, Srixon golf balls, a Veteran Golfers Association bracelet and a bar-b-que lunch after the round.  These goodies were a big “thank you” for donating items for the care packages going to Marines in combat overseas.  The packages will contain food, candy and personal hygiene products to help them feel not so far from home.

Thomaswick added “We could not be happier with the the way today worked out!  We raised over $1000 plus a large amount of items for the care packages.”

For more information about events at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club visit or call the golf shop at 800.356.5827.