HOPE. EVEN IF THE GAME IS CHALLENGING, GOLF PROVIDES ESCAPE. THIS IS WHERE PGA HOPE COMES IN FOR DISABLED VETERANS. FREE LESSONS AND ADDITIONAL ACCESS TO GOLF LESSONS. FOR ME AND I THINK OF OTHER VETERANS WHO HAVE HAD HARD TIMES ABROAD, DO YOU USE THE GOLF COURSE AS A PLACE OF SAFETY? ALMOST. THIS IS A PRINT. WELL MAINTAINED, MANICURED BEAUTY PLACE. AND WHEN YOU CONTRAST THAT WITH THE MEMORIES AND PICTURES THAT ARE STILL IN MANY OF OUR MINDS OF SOME OF THE FIGHTS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED, IT’S A VERY GOOD CONTRAST, A GREAT WAY TO INSTALL PEACE IN US. IT’S A NATIONAL PROGRAM, INCLUDING HERE IN BALTIMORE AT FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE PROFESSIONAL RICHARD SHEPARD JR HAS CONDUCTED TWO PGA HOPE SESSIONS IN THE PAST YEAR. JUST TWO BENEFITS PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND SOCIALLY. I mean, the camaraderie they have with each other, I think it’s great. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE SOME OF THEM COMING IN, THEY DON’T REALLY KNOW ANYONE AND THEY ARE KIND OF COMING IN AND JUST LOOKING TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. AND THEN WHEN THEY MEET THESE OTHER VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH SIMILAR TRAUMATICS AND CAN SHARE IN THIS GREAT GAME OF GOLF, IT’S AWESOME. LAST MONTH, PGA HOPE GATHERED THEIR PROGRAM AMBASSADORS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL COUNTRY CLUB AND THE POTOMAC THEY ENJOYED ADDITIONAL TEACHING AND A SPECTACULAR WEEKEND ON ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL COURSES. MAJOR CHRIS CORDOVA, RECIPIENT OF THE 2009 SILVER STAR FOR HEROISM IN AFGHANISTAN, THE EFFORTS THAT INSPIRED MARYLAND’S NEGATIVE EAST FILM OUTPOST. MAJOR CORDOVA NOW RELISHES IN RETIREMENT, THE PGA HOPE PROGRAM AND ALTHOUGH HE IS LUCKLESS TO KISS THE SPOTLIGHT WHILE SPEAKING THE WORD TO OTHER VETERANS, HE BELIEVES IT NEEDS TO BE DONE. IF THERE ARE VETERANS THINKING, OH, NO, GOLF FOR ME, I AM A YOU KNOW, I AM NOT A GOLF GUY, WHICH I ALWAYS HAVE, I NEVER WILL BE A GOLF GUY, BUT I THINK THIS SHOULD OPEN YOUR HOLD, TAKE AN OPEN LOOK AND GIVE A TRY. TRY. JOIN THE PGA HOPE IN YOUR AREA AND GET 6-8 WEEKS OF FREE GOLF IN IT. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. THE PGA ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR THIS PROGRAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PGA HOPE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE. THEY WILL WBAL TBE DOT COM. PETE GILBE

PGA Hope welcomes disabled military veterans to golf course

The challenges for military veterans who have suffered physically and emotionally remain incredibly difficult, but there are other programs that can help. stress. Even though the game is difficult, golf offers an escape. That’s where PGA Hope comes in, offering free lessons and additional golf course access to veterans with disabilities. It’s a place of pristine beauty, well kept and cared for,” retired U.S. Army Major Chris Cordova said. “You compare that with the memories and images that are still in our minds of some of the fighting what we’ve been through is a really good contrast and a great way to instill peace within us.” PGA Hope is a national program that serves veterans in Baltimore. Richard Sheppard Jr., professional in manager of the Forest Park golf course in northwest Baltimore, has run two PGA Hope course sessions over the past year, both of which are terrific,” Sheppard said. “You get some that come in, they don’t really know anybody and they kind of just come in to try something new. And, when they meet some of these other veterans who have had similar traumatic experiences, (to) be able to share this great game of golf is awesome.” Last month, PGA Hope gathered its program ambassadors at the Congressional Country Club in Potomac. They enjoyed extra instruction and a spectacular weekend on one of the best courses in the world. Cordova relishes the PGA Hope program, and while he’s reluctant to embrace the spotlight, he believes in getting the word out for other veterans. I’m not a golfer” – which I always thought I would never be a golfer – but, I think, give it an open look and give it a try. Join the PGA Hope program in your area and get six to eight weeks of free golf lessons, no strings attached.The PGA has really rolled out the red carpet for the programs.

The challenges for military veterans who have suffered physically and emotionally remain incredibly difficult, but there are other programs that can help.

One of them, PGA Hope, brings veterans with disabilities to the golf course ready to enjoy the game and get away from stress.

Even though the game is difficult, golf offers an escape. That’s where PGA Hope comes in, offering free lessons and additional golf course access to veterans with disabilities.

“For me, and I think for other veterans who have had a hard time overseas, you use the golf course as a place of refuge. It is a place of pristine beauty, well maintained and well cared for. “said retired U.S. Army Major Chris. Cordoba said. “You compare that with the memories and the images that are still in our minds of some of the fights we’ve been through, it’s a really good contrast and a great way to instill peace in us.”

PGA Hope is a national program that serves veterans in Baltimore. Richard Sheppard Jr., head professional at Forest Park Golf Course in northwest Baltimore, has led two PGA Hope course sessions over the past year.

“Just the benefits — physically, emotionally, socially — I mean, the camaraderie they have with each other is great,” Sheppard said. “You get some that come in, they don’t really know anybody and they kind of just come in to try something new. And, when they meet some of these other veterans who have had similar traumatic experiences, (to) be able to share this great game of golf is awesome.”

Last month, PGA Hope gathered its program ambassadors at the Congressional Country Club in Potomac. They enjoyed extra instruction and a spectacular weekend on one of the best courses in the world.

Cordova is a Maryland native and a 2009 Silver Star recipient for heroism in Afghanistan, whose efforts inspired the movie “The Outpost.” Cordova relishes the PGA Hope program, and while he’s reluctant to embrace the spotlight, he believes in getting the word out to other veterans.

“If there are veterans who think, ‘Oh no, golf is not for me. I’m not a golfer’ — which I always thought I would never be a golfer — but , I think, take a open look and give it a try. Join the PGA Hope program in your area and get six to eight weeks of free, no-commitment golf lessons. The PGA has really rolled out the red carpet. for the programs.