Gift of golf for Maine troops in Afghanistan

8:11 PM, Dec 31, 2013   |    comments
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BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A golf company is sending a care package to a group of soldiers in Afghanistan that is expected to be a hit.

Staff Sergeant Justin Poirier of the 133rd Engineer Battalion, based out of Gardiner, contacted Harris Golf in Bath asking how the troops could buy inexpensive golf balls. The soldiers had set up a makeshift golf course where they are stationed at Bagram Air Base. But because of the obvious dangers in the surrounding area, they could not retrieve the golf balls when they hit them too far.

Instead of just sending golf balls, Harris Golf is sending an entire golf course kit, complete with four new sets of clubs, hitting mats, target flags, and of course more than seven hundred golf balls. Staff Sergeant Poirier told NEWS CENTER by phone about the gratitude he feels toward the company.

"To have somebody you don't even have a tie to, aside from golf in general, it's overwhelming I guess is a really good word for it," Poirier said. "There are people that are good people, people that care. It goes back to what I said before, it's the reason we do what we do."

Harris Golf also wants to give the troops the opportunity to play some golf when they come home. They are selling special 18 hole golf packages at their courses around the state. For every package they sell, they will donate one to the troops. For more information, click here to visit their website.


















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