Golf professionals play 100 holes to raise money for PGA HOPE Program
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On a beautiful Friday morning, Noel Gebauer, PGA General Manager and Head Professional at Town of Colonie Golf Course and Christian Torres, PGA Associate at Northeastern New York PGA Section, played 100 holes of golf.
It’s a match play golf format to raise funds for the PGA HOPE program, providing free golf instruction to any and all military veterans and their families.
PGA HOPE is a nationwide program, and the Town of Colonie Golf Course has been participating for five years. It’s a six-week program with classes on Wednesdays. The program has helped dozens of veterans and their families, like Bud Abare, a Vietnam Veteran who joined the program last year.
“I served my country the best I could, honorably, and I’m proud to have done it, but these guys make me feel special,” said Abare. “I’m so happy and I’m so proud.”
The program also helps disabled veterans by using adaptive equipment. All veterans and their families can participate.