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    Me experience happened this year, had to go to Arizona to the Mayo Clinic for some tests and was pretty stressed out. Got to go play ASU Karsten and played with 3 other gentleman that I just met 30 minutes before our tee time. Told them why I was down there for and that I'm from Wyoming, that round I played that day with them  was the first time in 2 years I forgot about everything and just played golf and laughed with 3 gentleman that have no idea how they helped me, if not for just 4 hours. I will never forget that day and how it helped me to forget life for a bit and laugh.

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    Playing a round with my daughter and "Earl Pitts" what a riot he is.

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    Tgaestel
    I am so thankful for the game of golf. It truly saved my life. I started swinging a golf club when I was a little under three years old but, I wouldn’t fall in love with golf until my return from Iraq and the trials of warfare. While driving through a dangerous area south of Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded as my Humvee was passing – two pieces of shrapnel went through my lower IBA and into my back.

    I would remain in Iraq for 8 months and in April 2004, I returned from the deployment a disabled soldier. My life was changed forever and the pain in my back would change my disposition on all of my abilities. Meanwhile, a few friends in my Unit decided that they wanted to buy new golf clubs and start playing golf (after returning from a deployment, our commanders allowed us a lot of free time to relax and recover from the stresses of life in war-time). My love for golf would grow but I was far from being a “golfer.” We played golf a good amount, but the pain in my back was often too much for me to endure and I started to play less and less until one day I decided I needed the money and I sold my golf clubs.

    In September 2005, I would leave the Army and head back home to Austin, Texas to start my college career at Austin Community College. I had stopped playing golf and in fact, I had stopped being active all together. I used the pain in my back as an excuse to be lazy and I began to gain weight. With every added pound, the pain in my back would only increase. Three years passed and I went from being a 175-pound athletic person, to weighing 255 pounds and doing everything I could to resist any physical activity.

    In 2008, I was accepted to Texas State University – this is where golf grabbed me and changed my life. A friend of mine named Raquel was working in the recreation department at Texas State and I had mentioned how I wanted to coach someday and she told me about a position through the REC department that would allow me to coach a Jr Golf Program. Raquel introduced me to the manager of the Texas State Golf Course who quickly decided to allow me to take over the program. Some of the perks of being an employee was being able to play the course for free and anytime I wanted.

    My father would buy me a pushcart and I began to walk the course and as a result, I began to change my disposition on my abilities as a golfer and as person again. But nearly a year into working at the REC program, adversity struck again. My entire golf bag was stolen with all my golf clubs and a bag of golf attire (I was heading back to Austin for the weekend and planning on doing some laundry at my parents house). It was a setback for sure, but I wasn’t going to let it stop me.

    Golf didn’t just help me lose weight and be more active; it allowed me to understand the world again. Golf showed me that I could still be competitive, that I could set goals and achieve those goals. The lessons I learned on the fairways transferred to my life. I have now lost the weight that I have struggled with over the years to lose; I have gained strength in my back, legs and shoulders. My back will always be a problem for me but now I know I can work through the pain and still do what I love to do.

    In May 2011, I graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos and recently moved out to San Angelo Texas where I started working for Bentwood Country Club as the Head Coach for the Jr High School Golf program. I eventually want to become a PGA Teaching Pro. I moved out to West Texas with my fiancé who has been my biggest supporter and I could not have done it without her and now she ‘s my wife.  I’m teaching U.S. History at Central High School and recently became a high school golf coach. My life is better because of this game and I want to repay it!

    Quite simply, golf saved my life. It showed me that I could do anything if I practiced and worked hard. I want to spend my life sharing my passion for golf and showing how golf is more than just a game but a way of life and a strength I take deep pride in. I want to help me grow the game of golf in West Texas and make a name for myself in the golf business. But perhaps most importantly, I want to show Wounded Soldiers what golf did for me and what it can do for their own lives.

    - Tim Gaestel

    WELCOME TO THE FORUM TIM. I THINK YOU ENJOY THE RIDE,,GREAT BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND ,,OH, THE SPONSER.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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    I am most grateful and thankful for the recent trip make to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The trip was a month ago, and it was right after the fall season green fees went into effect (very thankful). It included three golf buddiesY ) ***thankful). We were blessed with NO RAIN (very thankful) and fairly benign weather (thankful). Even though I had packed all of my foul weather gear, including: FJ DryJoys (very thankful), FJ socks, FJ Rain gloves, FJ DryJoy rain jacket and pants, FJ DryJoy hat (very thankful for the outstanding products and quality). I ended up wearing several of my FJ shirts. My other gear consisted of Titleist products: balls, hats, glove, bag, 913 D3 driver, Vokey wedges, and Scotty Cameron putter. The week also included great courses, caddies, and golf experiences (very thankful). We had great meals, fantastic memories, and lots of fun (very thankful). I have a very sweet, understanding, and supportive wife, who encourages me (VERY, VERY THANKFUL!)

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    DOGLOSKI
    TgaestelI am so thankful for the game of golf. It truly saved my life. I started swinging a golf club when I was a little under three years old but, I wouldn’t fall in love with golf until my return from Iraq and the trials of warfare. While driving through a dangerous area south of Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded as my Humvee was passing – two pieces of shrapnel went through my lower IBA and into my back.

    I would remain in Iraq for 8 months and in April 2004, I returned from the deployment a disabled soldier. My life was changed forever and the pain in my back would change my disposition on all of my abilities. Meanwhile, a few friends in my Unit decided that they wanted to buy new golf clubs and start playing golf (after returning from a deployment, our commanders allowed us a lot of free time to relax and recover from the stresses of life in war-time). My love for golf would grow but I was far from being a “golfer.” We played golf a good amount, but the pain in my back was often too much for me to endure and I started to play less and less until one day I decided I needed the money and I sold my golf clubs.

    In September 2005, I would leave the Army and head back home to Austin, Texas to start my college career at Austin Community College. I had stopped playing golf and in fact, I had stopped being active all together. I used the pain in my back as an excuse to be lazy and I began to gain weight. With every added pound, the pain in my back would only increase. Three years passed and I went from being a 175-pound athletic person, to weighing 255 pounds and doing everything I could to resist any physical activity.

    In 2008, I was accepted to Texas State University – this is where golf grabbed me and changed my life. A friend of mine named Raquel was working in the recreation department at Texas State and I had mentioned how I wanted to coach someday and she told me about a position through the REC department that would allow me to coach a Jr Golf Program. Raquel introduced me to the manager of the Texas State Golf Course who quickly decided to allow me to take over the program. Some of the perks of being an employee was being able to play the course for free and anytime I wanted.

    My father would buy me a pushcart and I began to walk the course and as a result, I began to change my disposition on my abilities as a golfer and as person again. But nearly a year into working at the REC program, adversity struck again. My entire golf bag was stolen with all my golf clubs and a bag of golf attire (I was heading back to Austin for the weekend and planning on doing some laundry at my parents house). It was a setback for sure, but I wasn’t going to let it stop me.

    Golf didn’t just help me lose weight and be more active; it allowed me to understand the world again. Golf showed me that I could still be competitive, that I could set goals and achieve those goals. The lessons I learned on the fairways transferred to my life. I have now lost the weight that I have struggled with over the years to lose; I have gained strength in my back, legs and shoulders. My back will always be a problem for me but now I know I can work through the pain and still do what I love to do.

    In May 2011, I graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos and recently moved out to San Angelo Texas where I started working for Bentwood Country Club as the Head Coach for the Jr High School Golf program. I eventually want to become a PGA Teaching Pro. I moved out to West Texas with my fiancé who has been my biggest supporter and I could not have done it without her and now she ‘s my wife.  I’m teaching U.S. History at Central High School and recently became a high school golf coach. My life is better because of this game and I want to repay it!

    Quite simply, golf saved my life. It showed me that I could do anything if I practiced and worked hard. I want to spend my life sharing my passion for golf and showing how golf is more than just a game but a way of life and a strength I take deep pride in. I want to help me grow the game of golf in West Texas and make a name for myself in the golf business. But perhaps most importantly, I want to show Wounded Soldiers what golf did for me and what it can do for their own lives.

    - Tim Gaestel

    WELCOME TO THE FORUM TIM. I THINK YOU ENJOY THE RIDE,,GREAT BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND ,,OH, THE SPONSER.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

    Simply stated, I thank you Tim for your service and an awesomely inspiring story! Devin, give Tim the prize!!

    And Tim, welcome to the community and please, continue to post about life and golf  - We would all love to hear more about your coaching journey and your team..

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    A friend of mine used to meet his brother half way between Chicago and St. Louis (appx 2.5 hr drive).  My friend's brother unfortunately passed away last year.  He asked me if I wouldn't mind driving the 2.5 hrs and playing the course with him as a memorial to his brother.  For an August day in the mid-west, the day was very nice - high in the 80s with low humidity.  Although I'm a 30+ handicapper, I think my friend's brother was looking over me that day, and allowed me to hit some decent shots.  My putting still was not great, but even the spirit of my friend's brother could help that.  Overall, it was a great day to be a golfer and my friend really appreciated me taking his brother's place, if only for a day.

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    My Grandfather taught my Dad and my Dad taught me and my brothers. At this time of year Dad should be playing at his winter home in Ft. Myers but He's here in Upstsate NY waiting for a new kidney. The donor,  my youngest brother. Thankful? Beyond words. Monday should be a helluva day.

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    I use to swing too hard while playing golf. It caused my score to always be up and down. Mostly up, 85 to 100. In 1999 I had back surgery. The Dr. had to fuse L4-L5. During my recovery a new golf course opened up near the house. My brother was the second one to join, I had to wait to see if I could still play golf. I started slowly only playing form 100 yards in. After 6 months I felt ready to join. I started playing often, 2-3 times a week. I no longer tried to kill the ball and my game got better. The first 3 years I averaged 5to 8 eagles from the fairway. My score got down to 85 to 72. I still play a couple times a week, it makes my back feel better, if I swing proper. It has been great therapy for me in more ways than one. I love golf. 

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    Thankful to live in an area where I can play golf almost year round.

     

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    I am thankful for my Dad teaching me this wonderful game at such a young age.  I've seen beautiful parts of the country, met some wonderful people from all around the globe, and been able to spend hours of uninterrupted time with close family and friends all because of this great game.  Unfortunately he died much too soon and we were never able to take our St. Andrews trip, but even in the limited time we had together, we made many, many golf memories.  And now I'm thankful that I have my own kids to pass my passion along to.

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    I've been playing golf for about 30 yrs and my son for about 25 yrs.  It's been 20 yrs since I beat him. My son can give me 2 strokes per hole and still beat me by 4. To put it nicely he kicks the *** out of me.  On september 1, 2013 we played at the San Bernardino Golf Club.  I had the Best Round I ever played.  2 Bidies and a Par for a 99. No double digit holes.  But what I'm thankful for is I played with my son to share this with.  

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    I'm thankful for the game of golf everyday. It gives me a health, productive way to be active and challenge myself. I'm also thankful that it is an activity that I can play for my entire life.

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    I clearly was thinking of Irish Lasses when I put our thoughts of golfing coastal Ireland......what I meant was Scotland!!!!!  I can admit when Im wrong....even when it comes to GOLF!  Who's buying the 1st pint? ;) 

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    Golf gives back every time you are out playing, it could be simple relaxation, great company or a great round. I am always thankful to be on the course......  So what am I most thankful for?

    This summer I took my wife and daughter out on the course.  My wife does not play and my daughter was only 2 1/2.  It was a perfect summer day.  I believe my wife finally understand why I golf, well at least she enjoyed being out with us...  Not sure what my daughter really enjoyed most chasing that little white ball or feeding the turtles on 16's pond.

    For me, I enjoyed a summer day with the wife and daughter playing the best game around...

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    I want to thank all of the people that helped me with the game of golf and of the people in this  community, I would like wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving