South Florida's HOPE program kicks off

By Meredith Schuler
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ATLANTIS, Fla. -- In conjunction with PGA Reach, the South Florida PGA Foundation kicked off their first session of PGA HOPE in West Palm Beach. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a program designed to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

Through PGA HOPE programming, the SFPGA Foundation is in position to make a more meaningful impact on the lives of America's military veterans. As many veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life, the game of golf delivers a new level of enjoyment.

The program marked the first of six sessions which will be held between now and December 17. All PGA HOPE sessions will last six to eight weeks. Upon completion of the program, veterans will be provided with additional golf opportunities to keep them involved in the game.

During the first session, 16 veterans learned core fundamentals and were able to put their new skills to the test. After two hours of instruction from PGA Professionals Judy Alvarez, Dave McNulty and Donna White they were asked to describe how they felt. A few words they used included "blessed, relaxed, and excited." Not only is this program extremely exciting for the veterans, but it is very rewarding for the PGA and LPGA Professionals who are able to teach the veterans.

"The South Florida PGA Foundation is extremely excited to get involved with this program and expand our reach in the community," Executive Director Geoff Lofstead said.

Moving forward into 2016, the South Florida PGA Foundation has plans to conduct PGA HOPE clinics in Cape Coral, Broward, Miami and Port St. Lucie.