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Half Moon Bay Golf Links to Host U.S. Navy SEAL Event


Imagine what it’s like to say goodbye to your fam- ily without being able to tell them where you’re going or when you’ll return. Envision being at home and knowing that your loved one is away in hostile surroundings doing a job fi lled with mortal danger and riddled with uncertainty. This is what it’s like for the U.S. Navy SEALs and their families. More than ever, support is needed for this


Moon Bay Golf Links, to show appreciation and support for the U.S. Navy SEALs and their families. “Half Moon Bay Golf


Links is honored to host this Birdies for the Brave event and our staff is fully commit- ted to supporting the Navy SEALs,” says Bill Troya- noski, general manager of Half Moon Bay Golf Links. “Together we can make a real difference for these men and their families who together sacrifi ce so much for our country so that we can enjoy our freedom and our way of life.” Retired Rear Admiral


Stephen Oswald, three-time space shuttle astronaut, will host the event. Oswald piloted two missions


Hostage survivor Jessica


Buchanan will attend the Birdies for the Brave event to share her experience as a hostage for 93 days in Somalia, and to pay tribute to the great work of the Navy SEALs who rescued her from captivity in January 2012. Competition will be held


on both the celebrated Old Course and famed Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. The outing will be highlighted by a golf clin- ic facilitated by participating PGA Tour professionals. Proceeds from the


elite community of warriors and their families. On Monday, Sept. 30,


golfers from around North- ern California will tee it up at Birdies for the Brave, a charity golf event at Half


of the space shuttle Dis- covery in 1992 and 1993, and commanded a mission aboard the Endeavour in 1995. He is also the brother of fallen Navy SEAL Com- mander Peter Oswald.


Birdies for the Brave golf event will be directed to the Navy SEAL Foundation. The foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special War- fare community and their families. Charity Navigator has awarded the foundation its coveted four-star rating for sound fi scal manage- ment and commitment to accountability and transpar- ency. According to Char- ity Navigator, a quarter of the charities they evaluate receive the four-star rating, indicating that the Navy SEAL Foundation has outperformed most charities in America.


–Bill Troyanoski


BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE is a PGA Tour military outreach initiative that is dedi- cated to supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as their families. The Tour has joined with PGA Tour players and corporate partners to raise millions of dollars for military homefront groups such as the Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides critical programs and services for military personnel and their families.


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The public is invited to celebrate the many contri- butions of the SEAL teams and to support these special men and their families. Individual participation, foursomes and sponsor packages are available for the Birdies for the Brave event planned for Sept. 30, and details may be found at www.birdiesforthebrave- halfmoonbay.com, or by contacting Executive Event Director Bill Troyanoski at 650/712-2220 or btroya- noski@hmbgolfl inks.com.


PHOTO: JOANN DOST


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