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Local pros to benefit vets with 100-hole marathon

Patrick Oropallo demonstrates a chip during a veterans clinic when he was the head pro at Eagle Point. Now at Oak Knoll, Oropallo will join PGA master professional Norm Blandel in a 100-hole marathon benefit at Oak Knoll on Monday. MT file photo

ASHLAND — Local golf professionals Norm Blandel and Patrick Oropallo will play 100 holes on Monday at Oak Knoll Golf Course in Ashland to raise money for veterans in Southern Oregon and across the nation.

Blandel, a Professional Golf Association master professional, and Oropallo, the PGA head pro at Oak Knoll, will tackle the Memorial Day marathon as part of Patriot Golf Day and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).

It will benefit the nonprofit Veterans Golf Club of Southern Oregon.

Blandel and Oropallo will tee off at 7 a.m.

Donations can be made at the Veterans Golf Club of Southern Oregon web site, sovetsgolfclub.com. Checks can also be made payable to the club and mailed to Veterans Golf Club of Southern Oregon, P.O. Box 503141, White City, OR, 97503.

The Veterans Golf Club of Southern Oregon introduces veterans to the benefits of golf in a positive, therapeutic and accepting social environment.

The club hosts tournaments at various courses throughout the Rogue Valley, with proceeds going to the Outreach Program. It also offers golf lessons and clinics to help veterans continue to heal as they practice and play golf.

Patriot Golf Day is offered through the PGA of America and Folds of Honor, which are nonprofit charitable organizations that provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled military service members.

PGA HOPE brings golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental and emotional well being. The program includes a developmental six- to eight-week curriculum taught by PGA professionals in adaptive golf and military cultural competency.

In 2019, PGA HOPE programming helped 2,500 veterans nationwide.