National Amputee Golf Association Helps Wounded Iraq Soldiers

 The National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing Clinic came to the driving range at Ft. Sam Houston Golf Club in San Antonio, TX. Monday morning to teach wounded soldiers the game of golf. Golf professional Mark Sanders, from Missouri, left, helps soldier Matt Poirier, with getting the club around his body in the back swing as he finds it difficult to pivot on his prosthetic leg. In the foreground are the legs of Staff Sergeant Rico Roman, who was injured in Iraq by an Improvised Explosive Device during patrol.

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 Sergeant Conrad Calderon, center in brown from Sacramento, practices his swing as he recovers from his wounds as part of the Warriors Transition Battalion at Ft. Sam Houston. Calderon, who suffered his injuries in Iraq, lost his right leg and had his right ankle fused with his leg bone thus has no ankle movement, which is very hard to pivot your weight in the golf swing. “I love it. I appreciate all the tips I can get.” said Calderon.

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 Golf professional Mark Sanders, from Missouri, left, high fives Staff Sergeant Rico Roman after a good shot he hit down the range during the clinic. Roman who was injured in Iraq by an Improvised Explosive Device during patrol.

 

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 Staff Sergeant Rico Roman’s swing may not be picture perfect, but its perfect to him. “This is something I really love to do.” 

For the story click Kevin Robbins

For a video online click Wounded Veterans

photos by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

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One comment on “National Amputee Golf Association Helps Wounded Iraq Soldiers”

  1. I would like to start a golf clinic for wounded service members in New Jersey. I am a retired Marine, and a golfer. I have limited finances, but a lot of time on my hands. What do I need to do to get started? Thanks for any guidance. Gunner Robertson/ gunnerjwr@aol.com


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