Continuing its long-standing support for our military, Callaway Golf will join with Birdies for the Brave to host 15 Callaway Warrior Club Fittings during PGA TOUR tournaments in 2019. The fittings kicked off at the Desert Classic Presented by Workday, and so far have been conducted during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; Cologuard Classic; Arnold Palmer Invitational; Valspar Championship; Valero Texas Open; and most recently, the RBC Heritage – where Purple Heart recipients Scott Casimiro and Steven Diaz were honored.
Designed to aid in the rehabilitation process while expressing gratitude to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces, the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting program has fit more than 160 warriors over the last five years. At each fitting, two military heroes have the opportunity to be fitted with their own custom set of Callaway Golf clubs; enjoy a mini golf lesson; and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Callaway equipment truck, where they can learn about the process involved in fitting PGA TOUR players for clubs on-site during PGA TOUR tournaments. At many events, participants have an opportunity to interact with and get tips from PGA TOUR players.
“Golf is an extraordinary way for wounded service members to heal from the physical and psychological wounds of war, as well as a great coping mechanism as they reintegrate into civilian life,” says Callaway Golf Director of Strategic Partnerships Randy Rubin. “We are honored to work in partnership with the PGA TOUR and Birdies for the Brave to express our sincere appreciation and give something back to those who do so much to keep America safe and free.”
Casimiro joined the United States Marine Corps in October 2007 as a 0331 machine gunner, and served three deployments during his six years of service. During his last deployment In Afghanistan with 1/6 Bravo (Blackiron), he was injured while conducting combat operations in Kajaki AFG from an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast left him traumatically blind in his left eye, as shrapnel from the IED pierced his Oakley M Frames. He also received several shrapnel wounds to other parts of his face and left side of his body. Today, Casimiro is medically retired and continues to serve his country and our veterans by working at William Jennings Bryan-Dorn VA Medical Center as a medical records technician in Columbia, SC.
Diaz joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005 and was later stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where he volunteered with a military police unit out of Camp Lejeune, NC, to go to Iraq. During his deployment, he was severely injured by an IED – resulting in extensive shrapnel wounds, blindness in his left eye, near amputation of his foot, PTSD, TBI and seizure disorder. He is now medically retired and currently serves as the chief operation officer of Hidden Wounds, a non-profit headquartered in Columbia, SC, which is dedicated to providing veterans with psychological resources and public education concerning post-war obstacles and challenges.
To learn more about Birdies for the Brave, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org. For information about the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting program, find a list of upcoming events, or apply to participate in the program, please visit https://birdiesforthebrave.org/callaway-warrior-club-fittings/.