Ruthie Pope Sports Writer
October 8, 2013
The Stan the Man Golf Tournament is a fixture among Cumberland County sporting events, so when Lakewood Country Club pro Curt Pritchard saw a chance to bring it Sampson County, he jumped on it.
“I admire the military and I think anytime we can do something that will help them and their families out, we should. I’m proud that Lakewood will be a part of the Stan the Man organization. Hopefully, this will become an annual event,” Pritchard expressed.
This Saturday, approximately 25 teams will converge on the Salemburg golf course to do their part in helping to raise money for military families, and have a lot of fun doing it.
About 20 teams have already signed up, but Pritchard said he expects a few more to call in this week. There is room for more sponsors, as well. It’s a non-profit event, through the Harriman-Miller Green Beret Organization, Inc., which is 501(c)3, so the money is tax deductible.
Anyone interested should call the pro shop at 525- 4424.
Who is Stan?
Stanley L. Harriman was a Chief Warrant Officer 2 with the 3rd Battalion Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Wade. He lived there with his wife and 2 children.
On March 2, 2002, Harriman had been in the military for almost half his life. That’s the day it ended.
He was serving in Enduring Freedom and it was during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan that his regiment came under attack. The vehicle he was riding in was blown up by friendly fire.
Stan the Man was the first American solider killed in Afghanistan. He was 34 years old.
Stanley Harriman was awarded posthumously the Silver Star for valor, a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
His Memory Lives
Stan’s identical twin brother Steve lives here in Sampson County, and he and his brother-in-law, Stan’s widow’s husband, T.R. Reid, are helping organize the tournament at Lakewood.
Steve said in the months after his brother’s death, he wanted to do something to help others, and do it in his brother’s name.
“For me I use it as therapy. He was my best friend and it’s one way I can continue to hang on to him. We do what we can do and it’s a good thing, and it helps out the military families,” Harriman said.
He got the idea for a military fundraiser after his family discovered that the military doesn’t cover all the expenses that go along with putting a soldier to rest.
Harriman stressed that there are no paid employees involved with the organization and 100 percent of the proceeds go toward helping military families in some way.
He said they work close with the Special Forces Association to provide the assistance families need during the time of a soldier’s death.
The organization has grown immensely over the 12 years since the first golf tournament.
Now they also offer scholarships and gave 3 away in the amount of $2,000 each this past June.
They help sponsor Wounded Warrior Hunts, W.W. fishing expeditions and W.W. VIP attendance at sporting events across the country, as well.