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Inaugural Dick Dudley golf tourney benefits American Legion

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The spirit of Dick Dudley is being carried on through a golf tournament benefiting veterans.

Dudley was a Wausau businessman and philanthropist who died a year ago Wednesday.

The tournament was at Wausau's Tribute Golf Course.

Dudley bought it when it was the American Legion Course and in danger of closing. He did it so the course could continue to serve local veterans.

An American Legion honor guard kicked off the afternoon with a flag-raising ceremony and a 21-gun salute.

More than 70 golfers played to raise money for the American Legion.

Tournament organizers say they expect to raise $10,000.

They say this is a fitting way to honor Dudley's life because of all he did to save the course.

"When you have the cash to fix up the greens, fix up the tees, invest in some equipment and invest in the inside of this building, that just helps get that energy back," said Dan Maas, a managing partner of the golf course.

Organizers say Dudley saved the course so veterans could have a home long after he's gone.

They say they had no problem recruiting golfers for this tournament. The spots filled up immediately.

Organizers say with Dudley's significance to the community, they're excited about the long-term success of this tournament.
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