TAG Open benefits Kentucky National Guard Memorial

Story by Jason LeMay, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs

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A golfer tees off on hole number three at the University Club of Kentucky in Lexington during the 2012 TAG Open, Oct. 1. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Raymond)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Through bouts of occasional sunshine with periods of rain and wind, more than 125 golfers braved the weather in the 2012 The Adjutant General’s Open at the University Club of Kentucky, Oct. 1. The annual event raised awareness and funds for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial.  The early accounting showed the event grossed $12,157.00 toward construction of the memorial to be built in Frankfort, Ky. Despite the damp conditions everyone enjoyed the day of fun and fellowship for a good cause.

To see more photos from the event, click here.

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A participant in the 2012 TAG Open tees off on a par-three hole at the University Club of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 1. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Raymond)

TAG Open First Place: Jeremy Brummett, Ben Fuqua and Chris Ring

TAG Open Runner Up: Scottie Sloan; Dave Tharp, Chad Jones and Mario Cima

Chipping Contest: Chad Jones took home a 60” television courtesy of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.

TAG Cup went to the Army this year and the team of  Scottie Sloan, Dave Tharp, Chad Jones and Mario Cima.

The award for the longest drive went to Bill Tonini and for the women’s, to Natalie Lonkard.

Bryan McCoy’s drive was the closet to the pin.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial will create a sacred space for families, friends, and comrades to reflect and remember. So far 464 potential names have been discovered that may one day be honored on the memorial and 145 have been confirmed for inclusion.

These numbers reflect only Kentucky National Guard members who died while in the line of duty from March 19, 1912 to present. That date is significant because it is when the state of Kentucky made an official name change from the “Kentucky State Guard” to the “Kentucky National Guard.”

The memorial is expected to cost and estimated $ 1,327,775 to construct. So far the fund has raised 36% of the required funds and needs another $850,000 to fund construction.

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