PING (Noiselessly)

From Keith Stanton, ’69

I think this is  something that all Americans should be aware of.

This isn’t a  joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know…you  may want to  forward this on to others.

On  Monday, I played the Disney, Lake BuenaVista  course.  As usual the
starters matched me with three other players.  After  a few holes we
began  to get to know each other a bit.  One fellow was  rather young and
had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his
golf  bag had his name on it and after closer inspection, it  also said
“wounded war veterans”.  When I had my first chance  to chat with him I
asked  him about the bag.  His response was simply that it  was a gift.  I
then  asked if he was wounded and he said yes.  When I  asked more about
his  injury, his response was “I’d rather not talk about it,  sir”.

Over a  few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months  in an
army  rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas .  His  wife moved there
to be  with him and he was released from the hospital in  September.  He
was a  rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to  get
good at  golf.  We had a nice round and as we became a bit  more familiar
I asked  him about the a brand new set of Ping woods and irons he  was
playing.  Some looked like they had never been  hit.  His response was
simple.  He said that this round was the first full  round he had played
with  these clubs.
Later  in the round he told me the following.  As part of  the discharge
process  from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and  provides
three  days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting.   Upon
discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the  discharged veterans,
generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom  fitted clubs
along  with the impressive golf  bags.

The  fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the  eye and
said  that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best  things that
ever  happened to him and he was determined to learn to play  golf well
enough  to deserve the gift Ping had given him.  Ben is now  out of the
service, medically discharged just a month ago.  He  is as fine a young
man as  you would ever want to meet.

Ping  has the good judgment not to advertise this program.   God Bless
America  and the game of golf.

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One response to “PING (Noiselessly)

  1. You have to admire the decision makers at PING. Offering the clubs to our vets
    out of sheer respect without the expectation of something in return, is another example of the kind of integrity that makes this country great. Wonderful story !
    Thanks for sharing. Larry B. ’71 C