LA QUINTA, Calif. – Two wounded warriors lined up next to the golf pros Monday, hitting the driving range at the Humana Challenge at PGA West in La Quinta for the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting.
Justin Crabbe loves to golf. He was hurt serving in the Marine Corps three years ago, and hasn’t taken a swing at it since, until now.
“I was in Afghanistan. We were on foot patrol and I stepped on an IED, lost both of my legs right above the knee and multiple fingers on both hands,” said Crabbe.
Thanks to Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player, Phil Mickelson, and supported by the PGA Tour, the wounded warriors got fitted for golf clubs that best suit their game, including irons, woods, a putter and a golf bag of their own.
With a brand new, custom set of clubs, the wounded warriors can hone in on their golf game feeling more competitive, athletic and confident once again.
“I was able to come out and swing with a pair of golf clubs that actually fit me. I was able to hit the ball decent this time. Still trying to get my swing back, but it’s nice I can hit with a pair of clubs that fit me,” said Crabbe.
“It’s definitely getting some clubs that are good for me, that will help me, and to be in an atmosphere of being a pro for a day is pretty awesome,” said Glenn-Camden.
Callaway provides 20 military men and women with them a year.
“It’s one of those things that’s an honor to do to give back to these guys who’ve given so much and sacrificed so much,” said Barry Lyda, tour representative for Callaway Golf.
The war heroes will receive their custom set of clubs during the Military Appreciation Ceremony on Saturday.
Military men and women are invited to the Humana Military Outpost during the tournament, a military hospitality tent located between 1st tee and 9th green on the Arnold Palmer course. The tent is open Thursday to Sunday and will provide complimentary food and beverages for military and their family.
Laura Yanez, KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 Reporter, Laura.Yanez@cbslocal2.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.– Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson will auction off his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster at No Reserve during the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, taking place Jan. 10-18 at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Watson’s car (Lot #3005) is scheduled to cross the block on Friday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. The auction will air live on Velocity from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET on Friday.
Watson will donate all proceeds from the sale of the car to Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR, which is dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Watson will attend the auction and will be joined by Rear Admiral Michael E. McLaughlin (Retired).
A long-time supporter of Birdies for the Brave through his affiliation with Birdies for the Brave homefront group the Green Beret Foundation, Watson’s devotion to the military is very close to his heart. His late father, Gerry Watson, was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Special Forces (also known as the Green Berets) during the Vietnam War, and is also the person who taught Bubba to play golf at the age of six.
“It’s an honor to support the Green Beret Foundation and Birdies for the Brave, who do so much to give back to members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families,” said Watson.
One of the game’s most iconic and popular players, Watson has seven PGA TOUR championships to his name in addition to representing the United States on three Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2012, 2014) and in The Presidents Cup in 2011. In addition to his support for Birdies for the Brave and the Green Beret Foundation, Watson and his wife, Angie, support numerous charities and causes through the Bubba Watson Foundation.
Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combat-injured troops. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded it to include a variety of military outreach and appreciation activities during TOUR events, as well as a series of Birdies for the Brave fundraising events at TPCs and partner clubs nationwide – an effort that has raised more than $13 million for military homefront charities that directly serve wounded warriors and military families.
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events.
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