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On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the
starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we
began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather young and
had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his
golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection, it also said
"wounded war veterans". When I had my first chance to chat with him I
asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I
then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about
his injury, his response was "I'd rather not talk about it, sir".
Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an
army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas . His wife moved there
to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He
was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get
good at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar
I asked him about the a brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was
playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was
simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played
with these clubs.
Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge
process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides
three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon
discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans,
generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs
along with the impressive golf bags.
The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and
said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that
ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well
enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of the
service, medically discharged just a month ago. He is as fine a young
man as you would ever want to meet.
Ping has the good judgment not to advertise this program. God Bless
America and the game of golf.
Originally posted by mileslong54
reply to post by network dude
, that's great advise, my buddy always says "just watch the ball and keep your head down, I'll watch to see where it goes"
To Whom it May Concern:
"Recently, some Ping demo clubs were sent to us here at FOB Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq. We have really enjoyed them. We have a make shift tee box that we use to hit balls out into some dead space over our fence. There really is no way to retrieve the balls since it is technically "bad guy country", but it gives us a release from the day to day operations and for a few minutes while we are hitting our two or three balls a day it allows us to forget where we are.
Keep making great products and thanks for the support."
CPT Dan Blackmon
Originally posted by brill
So getting some balls and sticks makes things better for being wounded and/or risking your life ? Wow. I guess if some people take solace in this so be it, but it sounds incredibly shallow. Corporations are good for nothing but lining their own pockets. Mind you this might be a cheaper out for the government versus having to pay disability benefits.
Originally posted by ChrisCrikey
reply to post by mileslong54
Why did you feel the need to disclose his full name??? As per your description of him I doubt he'd be very happy about this and I am asking you to please delete his name from your post. Please, please, please do this, OP.