Local organization honors Miss-Lou veterens with golf tournament

Published 11:55 pm Saturday, July 9, 2016

NATCHEZ — Approximately 12 years ago, Patrick Krueger had a moment he’ll never forget.

Krueger was serving a military tour in Fallujah when his son Landon was born.

On Saturday, Patrick enjoyed perhaps another lasting memory as he and Landon teamed up with Patrick’s brother and father, Christian and Mac Pate, as the foursome competed together in the third annual Robert “Bob” Mims Miss-Lou Patriotic Golf Tournament at Duncan Park.

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“I got to hear (Landon) cry for the first time on a satellite phone,” Patrick said. “And this day is awesome.”

The tournament is geared toward raising money for veterans and their families, and is an honor of World War II veteran Robert “Bob” Mims, who was captured by Germans and taken as a prisoner of war.

“I’m so thankful for the Home with Heroes doing something for veterans,” Krueger said. “We really don’t get recognized, and I’m glad Home with Heroes did put on this tournament and did something for us.”

Home with Heroes is a private, non-profit organization helping local veterans and families.

“We are very grateful to all the players and sponsors of this tournament,” Home with Heroes president G. Mark LaFrancis said. “They will make it possible for Home With Heroes and the Adams County veterans service office to continue to help our local veterans and their families.”

The Krueger’s group was just one of 17 groupings that participated in Saturday’s festivities.

The tournament format was a four-person scramble, which featured a number of prizes, including two vehicles that were up for grabs. Golfers were also privileged to a special treat as Mims visited with golfers throughout the day.