Huntington Golf Pro Willing To Help Veterans Play The Game | Community
SHREVEPORT, La – What’s a great way to have fun outdoors, be active and challenge yourself? For a growing number of veterans, it’s golf. This is thanks to the chef of the Huntington Golf Course, Reg Adams.
âWe just want them to come out and know that they are appreciated for what they have done for our country,â Adams said of bringing PGA HOPE – Helping Our Patriots Everywhere – to Huntington. It’s a series of six free lessons for veterans like former Navy man Randy Campbell.
“Anytime a group is ready to support the veterans and help them get out of the house so that they have something to do and teach them so that they can learn, it’s great,” said Campbell.
With the help of Reg and his brother Scott, a fellow professional teacher and retired Air Force colonel, Randy is on his way home.
âI’m a double par golfer and my goal is to get to where I can go under the double par,â Campbell said of his tendency to score 8 on a par 4, for example.
Campbell is trying to get back into the game after being laid off for 20 years – except for the times he tried to teach his daughter, Samantha Bloxom. She is also a Navy veteran who attends the golf clinic.
âI didn’t listen well,â Bloxom said of his father’s lessons.
Now, with classes in Huntington, she says, “Someday I’ll try to beat him.”
Bloxom was working hard on his swing off the practice tee, as his father and Adams helped him with the alignment and trajectory of the swing.
âThey are very, very good teachers,â said Bloxom. “So it’s a great program. And they’re very, very patient in helping me learn how to shoot and work on my positions and things. So and now I can take it further, so I’m very happy.”
Curtis Drayden, a Vietnam War veteran who spent 26 years in the military, was playing what we call army golf when he first tried the game.
âThe ball was going left and right,â Drayden said. âWhen I got to golf it was like – duh, yeah, you need some help.
âNow I can throw the ball in the air now and it’s going straight. So that’s good,â said Drayden.
Thanks to the lessons of the Adams brothers, Drayden aims for an ambitious goal: golf without a bogey.
âYou have to shoot for the best,â he says.
Vietnam War and Air Force veteran Bill Richards says he used to film in the ’80s. He makes a comeback after a reconstructed ankle and shoulder hit him. sidelined.
âI need all the help I can get. That’s why I’m here,â said Richards. “I can’t wait to get back on the golf course and play a real round of golf. I have friends waiting for me to go.”
Of his veteran Army students, Reg Adams says, âThey’re very determined to hit that little golf ball. But they understand, some of them, if their age is a little north of you know what, their body isn’t acting like it used to be, but they’re go-getters and they love the intensity.
“They just know they don’t want to go there if they’re not ready. And I think it’s from that military past. If you’re going to fight you have to be ready,” he said. added.
Reg Adams wants to develop each clinic. They had one in the spring. They are in the middle of the summer clinic. And if you’re an interested veteran, look for a fall clinic at Huntington Golf Course.
Reg and Scott Adams are the sons of a veteran Korean and Vietnam War pilot. Reg says his family’s military history is one reason he wants to help veterans get started in golf.