Apr 19, 2013 5:26 PM
People in Rowan County will be teeing up Saturday, April 20th in memory of Rowan County Navy SEAL SOC Collin Thomas, who was killed in battle in Afghanistan in 2010. He dedicated his life to fighting acts of terror.
The Eagle Trace Golf Course is a picture perfect green. The golf carts are lined up, ready for the nearly 100 golfers who will tee up at the First Annual Master of My Soul, Captain of My Fate Golf Scramble in honor of SOC Collin Thomas.
"It's golf. It's laid back. It's not pretentious," says Meghan Thomas, Collin's sister. "It's everything he was."
As Meghan Thomas moves boxes and organizes the impressive prizes for tomorrow's golf scramble winners, she tells LEX18 she wanted to honor her brother who rose in the ranks as an elite Navy Seal in anonymity, in the way he would want, by helping others.
"Being able to give back to the children of the Naval Special Warfare would have meant a lot to him," says Meghan.
All proceeds go towards NSW Kids, a nonprofit organization helping Navy SEAL families as time between deployments becomes more rapid.
"It's very important for them to have a good support system in place," says Bill Hahn, the event coordinator.
The family has been through more than most. Collin's cousin was Edward Earhart, a Navy Meterologist who was the first known casualty in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. During those trying years of uncertainty overseas, Collin kept the country safe. Collin's sister says he would have likely been moved by the events in Boston.
"It's sad because his biggest fear is that we'd be fighting terror on our own soil. When people would ask him why do you do what you do, and why don't you just come home...he would say, "would you rather us have to fight them here?'" says Meghan Thomas.
The scramble takes place Saturday from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. There are only four slots left. They hope to be able to accomodate more golfers next year. To be a part of the tournament and/or donate to the NSW Kids nonprofit, check out the following website: