Minnesota Marines recognized at PGA Tour golf tournament

4 Aug 2012 | Staff Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook 9th Marine Corps District

Representatives from Recruiting Substation St. Cloud rubbed shoulders with world-renowned golfers at the 3M Championship on Aug. 4.

The three Marines made it near the green at Tournament Players Club Twin Cities through PGA Tour's Birdies for the Brave, a program "dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces."

"I'm a golf fanatic so it was pretty amazing to see some of the best golfers to ever play," said Pfc. Ryan Beste, 20, from St. Joseph, Minn. "We even met Arnold Palmer and got his autograph."

Beste, a 2011-graduate from Apollo High School who completed boot camp on July 27, also received a ball from Golf Pro Jim Carter.

"We appreciate everything you do," Carter said after finishing his second round of play.

Service members across the country will also have the same opportunity throughout the year.

"It was truly an honor and a privilege to have them there," said Alan Cull, senior general manager and director of golf at Tournament Players Club Twin Cities. "We're always looking for opportunities to bring awareness to their service and raise funds for groups that benefit military personnel and their families."

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