WILTON, Conn. -- Mantis Golf, maker of fine putters with specialized patented qualities to enhance putting success, will be a sponsor of the inaugural Veterans Putting Challenge, to be held Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Funds raised from the event will be disbursed solely to the over 1,000 disabled and needy veterans and their families living in Moore County, N.C. The Veterans Putting Challenge is free and open to the public. Mantis Golf will donate a putter to each of the winning participants.
"We are honored to serve as a sponsor of this worthwhile event supporting Moore County veterans," said Chris Maher, CEO of Mantis Golf.
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 an organizer 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 t
Veronica Karaman is the innovator and co-producer of the Veterans Putting Challenge. Her organization, Veronica Karaman Ministries, Inc., is dedicated to helping build and 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.
About Mantis Golf
With a blend of old-world craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology, Mantis Golf putters feature the finest workmanship and built-in performance elements to help golfers discover and refine their most effective putting strokes. Retro in its simplicity yet revolutionary in its concept, the Mantis putter, with its patented green finish and face-balanced construction, is designed to minimize the visual attention a golfer gives to the putter and maximize attention to the ball and the line of the putt, thus producing a smoother putting stroke and more consistent results. With a color to match the putting surface, minimal alignment markings and a matte finish to reduce reflection, the Mantis putter, which conforms with USGA rules, does not fight the ball for attention. After all, the putter is part of the show, but the ball is the hero.
Founded in 2012 by Michael Dill and Chris Maher, Mantis Golf Company, which made its debut at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show, was launched with one initial mallet design. A left-handed Mantis mallet model recently was introduced. Expansion plans include additional putter-head designs as well as the possibility of other clubs where the patent-pending green utility may provide the same benefit.
For more information, see www.mantisgolfco.com.
Sally J. Sportsman