Monday, November 3, 2014

Mantis Golf to Sponsor 2nd Annual Veterans Putting Challenge

(WILTON, Conn.) – Mantis Golf (, maker of fine putters with specialized patented qualities to enhance putting success, is a Founding Sponsor of the Veterans Putting Challenge and will serve as a sponsor of the event again this year. The 2nd Annual Veterans Putting Challenge will be held Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Funds raised from the Challenge will be disbursed solely to the over 1,000 disabled and needy veterans and their families who reside in Moore County, N.C. The Veterans Putting Challenge is free and open to the public. Mantis Golf will donate a putter to each Challenge division and contest winner.

“It is our pleasure to be a sponsor of this worthy event again this year,” said Chris Maher, CEO of Mantis Golf, “honoring veterans for their lasting contributions to our country and our freedom.”

About the Veterans Putting Challenge
Each participating team in the Veterans Putting Challenge will consist of a veteran from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, as well as a disabled veteran from Desert Storm, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Dr. Edwin Cottrell, of Pinehurst, N.C., is a founder of the Veterans Putting Challenge. A decorated World War II veteran, Dr. Cottrell was an associate dean at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., where from 1958-78 he was the men’s golf coach. Dr. Cottrell was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame in 1991, and in 2004 received the Honor Award, presented by the College Golf Foundation and the GCAA to honor a coach for outstanding service and numerous contributions to collegiate golf.

Veronica Karaman is the innovator and co-producer of the Veterans Putting Challenge. Her organization, Veronica Karaman Ministries, Inc., is dedicated to helping rebuild lives through creative and transformational community golf outreaches.

The Veterans Putting Challenge is sponsored by the Sandhills Military Officers Association of America. Funds raised from the event will be disbursed by Disabled American Veterans #83, in Carthage, N.C., solely for disabled and needy veterans of Moore County, N.C., and their families.

The Veterans Putting Challenge is accepting donations from businesses and individuals. Contributions may be sent to: DAV#83-VPC, PO Box 1881, Carthage, NC 28327.

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