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By Andrea Papagianis and Steve Breazeale

A record number of golfers turned out to participate in the fourth annual Combat Golf Tournament benefitting the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment on June 3.

The event, which was held at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club and organized by the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, raised upwards of $20,000 to benefit the fighting 5th Marines as well as the Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Nine wounded warriors and nine active duty Marines turned out for the event, which has steadily grown in popularity since its inaugural year.

“This year we oversold. We had about 166 golfers and I think our reputation preceded us,” President of the 5th Marine Support Group Terry Rifkin said.

The Combat Golf tournament featured several unique attractions, including long drive contests, roped off “mine fields” that penalized those who hit into them and a special guest appearance by long drive champion Jake Taylor, who for a $20 donation would hit a team’s drive on the par-5 third hole.

This year the support group is awarding select wounded warriors $2,000 scholarships for the disabled Sierra ski program. Those who are given the scholarship can attend a week-long program in the mountains with their spouse. Funds raised at the Combat Golf Tournament will go toward the scholarships.

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