ATLANTA, Ga. – As golfers fine-tuned their games at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club on the final practice day at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, PGA TOUR player and Callaway Staff Pro Harris English took some time out to help two wounded heroes work on their own golf swings, as part of the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting Program. Conducted in partnership with the TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative, the program is designed to aid in the rehabilitation process and express appreciation for wounded veterans’ service and sacrifice by providing them with the opportunity to be fit with their own set of custom golf clubs during a PGA TOUR tournament. The fitting at East Lake was the 100th Callaway Warrior Club Fitting to be hosted since the program’s inception four years ago, and the 13th to be hosted in 2015.
“It was my absolute pleasure to spend some time with these true American heroes,” said English. “Sometimes we think we have it tough out on the golf course, but what these guys have gone through on behalf of our country is just unbelievable. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to give back, and to work with Callaway and Birdies for the Brave, both of whom do so much for our military.”
English’s participation made the experience extra special for the two wounded heroes, both of whom were seriously injured during tours of duty in Iraq. Army Sergeant and Purple Heart recipient Steven Curry was riding with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti), 25th Infantry Division when his vehicle struck four explosively formed penetrators (EFPs). As a result of the blast, Sgt. Curry suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the eventual amputation of his left leg below the knee. After 16 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for his recovery, Sgt. Curry returned home to his wife and daughters. He was introduced to golf after returning home as a method for rehabilitation and plays at his neighborhood club in Gainesville, Virginia.
“Golf has been a huge help the past few months by giving me something to focus on, as well as a way to relax, clear my mind and relieve stress,” said Curry. “The fact that Harris took time away from his practice to interact with us was awesome, and I am very appreciative to the PGA TOUR, Callaway Golf and Birdies for the Brave for the opportunity to participate.”
Joining Curry in the fitting was Army Sergeant David Davis, an Infantryman who served two tours in Iraq in the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah, and Baghdad. Sgt. Davis performed countless patrols during both tours and was hit directly by numerous IED blasts, which led to multiple severe concussions resulting in severe migraines, loss of hearing in his left ear and a left shoulder impingement that limits his range of motion. After re-deploying back to Ft. Carson, CO, Sgt. Davis was told he could no longer remain in the infantry due to the amount of brain damage suffered during both tours and was medically retired in January 2009. He currently lives in Cordele, GA, with his wife, Jamie.
Like the PGA TOUR, Callaway Golf is passionate about supporting our military. The company has contributed more than $7.6 million to various military support causes, and recently donated more than $700,000 worth of equipment and merchandise to active duty military members and veterans through Birdies for the Brave, Bunkers in Baghdad and the Miramar Marine Corps Community Services.
For more information about Birdies for the Brave and the PGA TOUR players who support it, or to make a donation, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org. For more information about Callaway Golf, visit www.CallawayGolf.com.