Wednesday, July 01, 2009

American Heros at Congressional

The AT&T Invitational is being played this week at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. This tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods and is dedicated to the men and women who have sacrificed for us and our country through their service in the armed forces.

Today, Wednesday, is ProAm day and many of the hero's of our country have been invited to play with the PGA pros. Some of those hero's have lost limbs or have been seriously injured during their service to our great nation.

GolfGym has been working with Salute Military Golf Association headed by PGA Professional Jim Estes. We have supplied dozens of PowerSwing Trainers, Balance Balls and Weighted Training Clubs for the golfers involved with the organization.

GolfGym is proud to tell you that Staff Sergeant Ramon Padilla is playing with Tiger Woods today in the ProAm. He lost his left arm in combat. We are also proud and humbled to tell you that the Sergeant completes 100 swings with our GolfGym Club 38 every day with his right arm.

SMGA President Jim Estes (center) and combat wounded veterans at the
May 17th clinic - left to right:
Ramon Padilla, Jeff Hensley, Brian Wagner, and Dan Nivens

David Cook and Dan Nevins at the Hootie and the Blowfish Celebrity Pro-Am

Oprah Winfrey and SMGA Participant Ramon Padilla at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Here is an excerpt from the SMGA website.

What SMGA will do:
Begun as a therapeutic outlet for soldiers undergoing prolonged medical treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the SMGA will continue to strive to provide recreational therapy, through the game of golf, to combat-wounded American soldiers injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. While future SMGA programs may not be limited to a particular military conflict, our mission is to engage wounded soldiers in the game of golf as its inherent lessons of discipline, fortitude, and perseverance closely mirror those embodied in our nation’s military credos. The SMGA believes that every soldier matters and should be given the opportunity to learn and improve his or her golf knowledge and skill; the SMGA will provide a venue and mentoring to this end.

Golf World featured the SMGA's work with combat-wounded veterans in a recent cover story.

We wish you and your family a very Happy 4th of July Holiday.
God Bless these fine Americans.
Ken Pierce


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