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Jack Nicklaus hosts golf clinic for local veterans

(PGA of America) – Imagine being invited to play a round of golf at Jack Nicklaus’ hometown club in Florida and receiving a surprise lesson from none other than the 18-time major champion himself. For the third year in a row, Nicklaus gave his hometown army the heroes who participate in the South Florida PGA Chapter – PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program a memory for life at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida . To celebrate both Veterans Day and the PGA’s National Day of HOPE, Nicklaus thanked the group of veteran players for their service and shared teaching tips, before inviting them as guests for a day on the championship golf course he designed and is played. regularly by up to 30 PGA TOUR pro members. As a military pillar of PGA REACH, PGA HOPE is designed to introduce golf to veterans and active duty military personnel to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. PGA REACH and PGA HOPE aspire to create a physically and emotionally healthier community of veterans through a six- to eight-week program led by PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural skills. First Lieutenant (Retired) Robert Truckenmiller, a US Army veteran, was awarded a Purple Heart after being shot during the Vietnam War. Besides hearing from other veterans from time to time, he said that when he received a call from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inviting him to participate in the PGA HOPE program, it was the first real “welcome home” feeling he ever received for his service. “The PGA of America reaches out to veterans, it’s for all different people,” said Nicklaus, who is the only athlete and fourth person in history to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005) , the Congressional Gold Medal (2015), and the Lincoln Medal (2018). “I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who served and sacrificed for the freedom of our country, and I try to support efforts to help our veterans, as well as their families. For me to do my little part, even in a small group, I’m excited to do that, especially for the PGA HOPE program. to PGA HOPE as a form of therapy. Truckenmiller was quite surprised when Nicklaus came out on the driving range. “I’m kind of amazed,” Truckenmiller said. “He’s probably the greatest golfer of all time, and he’s been very courteous. He helped me put, line up my ball and stop moving my head. He told me to watch him when I hit him. “I lost my wife of 54 years three months ago. It is a cure for some of the loneliness. U.S. Air Force Sgt. (retired) Pamela Carter, of Wellington, Florida, lost her brother, Bruce, in the Vietnam War. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the VA Medical Center in Miami is named after him. When Nicklaus approached Pamela and gave her a lesson, she quickly reached into her pocket and handed him a challenge coin with her brother’s picture on it. “I was just shocked that he was there,” Carter said. “I came across PGA HOPE and signed up. Meeting real war heroes now respected gives it a new twist. PGA HOPE reaches out and makes us feel welcome.” US Army/Air Force Reserves Sgt. ( retired) Homer Watts Jr. got the thrill of his life. “Oh my God,” Watts said. “He’s a legend. It was a total shock. I was very surprised. PGA HOPE is such an amazing program. It gets people out of the hospital and into other activities. You meet wonderful instructors who take their time with you. It’s almost like a family. In fact, it’s like a family. Impellittiere originally learned the game from PGA professionals at West Point Golf Course and now pays for it by teaching two PGA HOPE programs. the game. Ironically, Impellittiere once played in a group with Nicklaus and Dave Stockton at the BC Open, two players renowned for their putting. Nicklaus has a long-standing affection for the national army and the incredible sacrifices made by the military. “These people deserve the help of all Americans,” Nicklaus said. “I love doing this. I want to be a part of it, especially if it makes a difference. I’m very honored.” This year, PGA HOPE aims to impact the lives of over 7,500 veterans through its program process led by PGA professionals, and has set a target of 36,000 per year by 2026.

(PGA of America) – Imagine being invited to play a round of golf at Jack Nicklaus’ hometown club in Florida and receiving a surprise lesson from none other than the 18-time major champion himself.

For the third year in a row, Nicklaus presented select military heroes from his hometown who participate in the South Florida PGA Section – PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program with a keepsake for life at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida.

To celebrate both Veterans Day and the PGA’s National Day of HOPE, Nicklaus thanked the group of veteran players for their service and shared teaching tips, before inviting them as guests for a day on the championship golf course he designed and is played. regularly by up to 30 PGA TOUR pro members.

As a military pillar of PGA REACH, PGA HOPE is designed to introduce golf to veterans and active duty military personnel to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. PGA REACH and PGA HOPE aspire to create a physically and emotionally healthier community of veterans through a six- to eight-week program led by PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural skills.

First Lieutenant (Retired) Robert Truckenmiller, a US Army veteran, was awarded a Purple Heart after being shot during the Vietnam War. Besides hearing from other veterans from time to time, he said that when he received a call from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inviting him to participate in the PGA HOPE program, it was the first real “welcome home” feeling he ever received for his service.

“The PGA of America reaches out to veterans, it’s for all different people,” said Nicklaus, who is the only athlete and fourth person in history to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005) , the Congressional Gold Medal (2015), and the Lincoln Medal (2018). “I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who served and sacrificed for the freedom of our country, and I try to support efforts to help our veterans, as well as their families. For me to do my bit, even in a small group, I’m excited to do that, especially for the PGA HOPE program.

PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the VA, which allows recreational therapists to refer veterans to PGA HOPE as a form of therapy.

Truckenmiller was quite surprised when Nicklaus came out on the driving range.

“I’m kind of amazed,” Truckenmiller said. “He’s probably the greatest golfer of all time, and he’s been very courteous. He helped me put, line up my ball and stop moving my head. He told me to watch him when I hit him.

“I lost my wife of 54 years three months ago. It’s a cure for some of the loneliness.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. (retired) Pamela Carter, of Wellington, Florida, lost her brother, Bruce, in the Vietnam War. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the VA Medical Center in Miami is named after him. When Nicklaus approached Pamela and gave her a lesson, she quickly reached into her pocket and handed him a challenge coin with her brother’s picture on it.

“I was just shocked that he was here,” Carter said. “I came across PGA HOPE and signed up. Meeting real war heroes who are now respected gives it a new twist. PGA HOPE reaches out and makes us feel welcome.

U.S. Army/Air Force Reserve Sgt. (retired) Homer Watts Jr. had the thrill of his life.

“Oh my God,” Watts said. “He’s a legend. It was a total shock. I was very surprised. PGA HOPE is such an amazing program. It gets people out of the hospital and into other activities. wonderful instructors who take their time with you. It’s almost like a family. In fact, it’s like a family.

Jerry Impellittiere, director of PGA instruction at Monarch Country Club in Palm City, joined them for instruction and the round of golf. Impellittiere originally learned the game from PGA professionals at the West Point golf course and now pays for it by teaching two PGA HOPE programs.

He is known as “The Collector” because he collects donated golf clubs to give away to veterans to learn and play the game. Ironically, Impellittiere once played in a band with Nicklaus and Dave Stockton at the ‘British Columbia Open, two players renowned for their putting.

“I didn’t make the cut, but I led the PGA TOUR in placing stats that year,” Impellittiere said.

Nicklaus has a long-standing fondness for the national military and the incredible sacrifices made by the military.

“These people deserve the help of all Americans,” Nicklaus said. “I love doing this. I want to be a part of it, especially if it makes a difference. I’m very honoured.

This year, PGA HOPE aims to impact the lives of over 7,500 veterans through its transformation program led by PGA professionals, and has set a goal of 36,000 per year by 2026. .