Nancy Lopez spent the morning giving golf instruction to local kids looking to improve their game

TOLEDO, Ohio — Drive, chip, putt. The basics of the game of golf were taught to children in the Toledo area on Friday morning at the First Tee Golf Program at Inverness Golf Club.

First Tee partnered with Folds of Honor, a charity that donates proceeds to scholarships for the children of deceased or seriously injured veterans, for the event.

It gave the kids the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest female golfers in LPGA history, Nancy Lopez.

Lopez, a frequent visitor to Inverness Golf Club during her time on the LPGA Tour, says Toledo is always a special place for her to come back to visit.

“It’s great to be back in Toledo,” Lopez said. “It was one of my favorite places when I was on the LPGA Tour, the golf fans are great and the community was so supportive of the LPGA Tour.”

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For Lopez, teaching the game of golf, while advocating for service members and their families, has long been a mission in his life.

“It’s amazing to be able to thank them for keeping us free and protecting our country,” Lopez said. “Absolutely, we defend the flag and we bleed red, white and blue.”

The organization has partnered with First Tee for the fifth year in a row to host its annual Patriot Golf Day in hopes of inspiring people to thank veterans and their families for their sacrifices.

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“The organization, as I’ve learned more about them over the past few months, is so wonderful,” said Erica Fischbach, a volunteer at the event. “Everything they do for military families is fantastic, so the partnership worked really well today.”

First Tee hosts many events throughout the summer, and for those interested in learning more about Folds of Honor, you can visit their website at www.foldsofhonor.org.