Minnesota Program Brings Golf to Disabled Veterans

Updated: 07/01/2013 4:35 PM KSTP.com By: Jessica Miles

 In a first-of-its-kind program, a Minnesota man is bringing golf to disabled veterans.

It took Sam Emerson, a former pro golfer and father of a veteran, three years to get the program up and running. In just its first year, it has been so successful the federal government wants it implemented at more than 150 VA Hospitals in the country.

The idea began when Emerson went to visit his son, a Desert Storm veteran, at a VA Hospital. His son had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Emerson saw a need to get his son, and others like him, help. The idea spawned into Eagle's Turf, a disable veteran golf program.

What started with four golfers at the St. Cloud location last fall has ballooned into program that now has 50 golfers, men and women, and a waiting list there.

The program will tee off in North and South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska later this summer.

Golfers learn the fundamentals, play rounds of golf, and get use of the equipment and accessories all for free. PGA and LPGA professionals teach the classes.

With the exception of a minor transportation cost, the pros donate their time, and 100 percent of the contributions go directly to disabled veterans.

The program is in need of donations; you can send them to P.O. Box 10841, White Bear Lake, MN, 55110.

Click here to schedule a lesson.