PGA HOPE Carolinas
Training Session at Prestonwood Country Club
Cary, NC – Local men and women PGA Professionals met at Prestonwood Country Club to attend a PGA HOPE training session on January 10. PGA Master Professional and National HOPE Instructor Trainer, Judy Alvarez and U.S. Marine, Chris Nowak delivered education to thirty-six Carolinas PGA Professionals that included both indoor and outdoor sessions. The education began with an introduction to the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) initiative and covered topics such as: Role of the PGA Professional, Defining Disability/Handicaps, Sensitivity Training, Available Adaptive Equipment, Methods of Modified Swings, and concluded with an outdoor hands-on module. “It’s not your side of the ball that matters, it’s theirs,” reminded Alvarez.
On average, 22 men and women veterans commit suicide each day. Many veterans suffer from a variety of physical and mental injuries and have difficulty returning to civilian life. There are approximately half a million US veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The goal of PGA HOPE is to provide a positive, therapeutic environment that builds self-esteem, confidence and gets our veterans outside. Each PGA Professional in attendance received a copy of Broken Tees and Mended Hearts by Judy Alvarez, PGA and is now qualified to instruct at any of the eight PGA REACH Carolinas HOPE chapters across North and South Carolina.