My great friend, Dr. Peter Forrest, shared this wonderful story that I hope everyone that reads this will share it with everyone they know. Every golfer on Earth needs to read this and even if you are not a golfer it should put a tear in your eyes. Even Snopes (who are politically biased) stated this story is true! Please help circulate this wonderful story.
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 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, whose products are made with pride here in America (Arizona), has the good judgement not to advertise this program.
God Bless America and the game of golf.
Thank you PING.
May God Bless our Military!
This one deserves to be shared with everybody! Author Unknown
This put a tear in this 86-year-old Navy veteran who took up golf seriously when I retired 23 years ago. I enlisted at 17 and after 5 years I was honorably discharged over 64 years ago. I will remember this story every time I use my Ping putter. If I ever buy new golf products, it will be from Ping if they make them. Clyde Brewer