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    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

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    This is a great opportunity to continue honing my golf skills during this very cold Colorado winter. All while looking sharp in some very needed FJ apparel.

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity,

    -Manny Rodriguez  

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    The fact that over the years golf has enabled me to meet and make lasting friendships with other people who have a love for the sport also.

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    I played in a charity tournament, a benefit for our local High School, and it poured and poured.  was wearing a Foot Joy jacket and shoes. These Foot Joy items were the only reason I was able to play that day. Not only did they keep me dry they kept me warm. Thanks for the great products.

    • 350 points
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    I'm thankful that I get to escape yard work all weekend.  Every weekend.

    • 106 points
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    This is a great opportunity to continue honing my golf skills during this very cold Colorado winter. All while looking sharp in some very needed FJ apparel.

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity,

    -Manny Rodriguez  

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    Golf has provided me so many things to be thankful for. A pursuit to be a better player, great friendships, and the best pastime I can ever ask for!
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    I am thankful for warm weather during the winter season as to get out of the cold Minnesota climate.

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    I am thanking for my family and friends. I have moved away from my family but whenever I go visit I always bring back the clubs back home with a round with my brother and dad. It is a really good bonding time with the time spent away.

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    I am thankful that my 7 year old son wants to play golf, so we can have many years of fun together.  Additionally, the valuable life lessons of sportsmanship, honesty, preperation and effort, that I can teach my son about so he can prepare for his life ahead.

     

    Thanks for this opportunity FJ.

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    I am thankful every time i get the chance to play golf with my friends, but especially the round this year where I got my first "hole in one".

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    From the first time my dad dropped me off at the caddie yard 41 years ago, to now, golf has given me a lifetime of memories and stories to share. At the end of the day, it's somehow only the good ones that I remember. Golf has been a highlight in my life and as I grow older, I cherish those memories and the bonds that have come from the game. Golf has given me the opportunity to meet people that I would have never met under any other circumstances.

    • 276 points
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    It's the time of year to appreciate a loving family, a terrific group of friends, and the opportunity of all to enjoy one another's company with the great game of golf.  

    Happy holidays to all of you in the FJ Community!

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    I love golf - because it gives me the opportunity to be out in nature - on a beautiful setting - usually with friends - enjoying the challenge of the game!!

    • 316 points
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    For me, my family is my most prized possession. Golf is my favorite hobby.  So having my wife, sons and daughters and now sons-in-law play with me is heaven.  Making family memories is priceless to me.  We have had a lot of fun memories together and for that I am very thankful.