We take pause from talking about the golf courses that cover the great landscape of Indiana and take witness to a group that I have just recently learned about, and hope that you will join with me in being interested in their future growth. If you have yet to listen to Form Golf’s first podcast episode: Talk To Me Birdie with Glenn Hauptmann, Veteran Golfers Association Indiana Director, you should take the time before reading this article.
Veteran Golfers Association was established in 2014 by a group of wounded Veterans who had played golf during their time together at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. When they all had relocated across the country and the opportunity to play golf and talk with each other had gone away they realized that there was a great opportunity here to help other Veterans and get back on the golf course together. This was the start of the Veteran Golfers Association which now has over 6,000 members nationwide.
Golf is a challenging sport but what truthfully drives people back to the course is the camaraderie they have out there with their friends. Glenn not only showed how much passion he has for the game of golf but also for his fellow golfers especially those in the VGA. After we ended the podcast I got the opportunity to stay on the line with Glenn and learn so much more about where he is hoping to lead Indiana. And there are some amazing opportunities out there for growth within the group in Indiana.
The VGA in Indiana is only about three years old. And what started out as 30 members is now sitting around 120. Oh, and they had their first hole-in-one this year by VGA member Buddy King on the 7th hole at Brickyard Crossing. I know that Glenn’s motivation is to continue to grow the membership in Indiana and to provide some amazing places to play golf. Some of the courses that VGA Indiana have played at include Pretty Lake Golf Club, Sandy Pines Golf Club, Swan Lake Resort, Brickyard Crossing, The Fort GC, and Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. Don’t forget that if you make it to the playoffs you will find yourself at some of the best golf courses in the country including Victoria National, Briggs Ranch, Thornberry, Arborlinks, Dye Club at Barefoot Resort, Thanksgiving Pointe, Kapolei Golf Club, Troon North, and The Greenbrier. This is just the list of some of the courses being played this year with The Greenbrier being the National Championship for each flight.
If you are just starting out, wounded, family member, senior, or a fantastic golfer there is a place for you in the VGA. Take a look at the picture below and you will see that they have flights for everyone in every classification.
WHY CIVILIANS SHOULD CARE
As I make sure all know, I am not a Veteran. These guys and gals lay their lives on the line so that I can play golf and talk about golf. They are true heroes and I can not thank them enough. These past few weeks have been crazy for me with a deep dive into this world of the VGA, and I only see this getting bigger especially with my Co-Host and good friend JaVan who is an active duty member of the Air Force and a VGA member. We will spend some time talking about him down the road as he is becoming an integral part of where Form Golf is heading.
There is a stat that I have recently found out and one that absolutely must be talked about more then it is. See most of us civilians have heard of PTSD or depression but what most, at least I did not realize, is that 22 Veterans commit suicide each day. That is staggering and after talking with some good friends of mine this stat is smaller then what it really is because this does not include what look like incidental deaths or the homeless.
So this is my challenge to all of those who are reading this and are civilians, I know you know someone who has served in the military. Find out if there is a way that you can help with this. While I have found a way through golf and my hope is that this will truthfully help some, there are so many other ways to help. These people deserve to be taken care of and not forgotten.
Please listen to our 3rd episode with Yancy Methvien because while yes we talk about the record he is trying to set there is a great piece between JaVan and Yancy about the need for help for their fellow Veterans. After listening it absolutely convinced me that we need to be taking more action. Talk to Me Birdie Episode 3 with Yancy.
WILL UPDATE WITH RESULTS FROM SUB REGIONAL AT VICTORIA NATIONAL SOON!
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