SMGA's Support for Combat-Wounded Veterans:
The SMGA believes the rehabilitative benefits of golf can improve the mental and physical condition of each and every wounded soldier returning from combat. The SMGA provides golf equipment, lessons, and playing opportunities for combat-wounded American soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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SMGA's History and Inspiration:
The SMGA was founded after Jim Estes, Director of Instruction at Olney Golf Park in Olney, MD, saw first-hand the positive effects the game of golf could have on combat-wounded soldiers. The following articles from ESPN.com tell how several trips from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Olney Golf Park eventually evolved into a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation aimed at supporting injured soldiers.
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