From TJ Marta

No clue if this is true or not. But I was recentrly told I never pass along "happy" stories-  So here ya go->

This isn't a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to may  want to forward this on to others.

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *