Wounded War Veterans and Special Needs Children Play Golf at Free Clinic

3:33 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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Wounded war veterans, special needs children and their families gathered at International Golf Club in Warner Robins for a free golf clinic made just for them. 

They got to hit the golf course and take free lessons at the club. There was also a hot breakfast and even a Santa at the event. 

Jarred Reneau, one of the organizers, said this event is about families having fun and honoring some of America's heroes with a game that brings people together. 

"The fact that golf brings anybody together so the fact that we have wounded warriors and exceptional families with special needs kids anybody could come together and play golf and enjoy it and everybody has fun doing it," said Reneau. 

13WMAZ caught with the Campbell family from Bonaire, who came because their daughter Noelle loves golf. 

"It's nice to have something that everybody could do in some sports there is so much differential between abilities and sizes and ages, but yea it's just fun," said Mark Campbell, who is Noelle's father. 

Mike Almanza of Warner Robins came to meet new people and hit the course. Almanza was a Marine who lost his arm due to friendly fire during Desert Storm. But he says his injury doesn't affect his swing. 

"It's a game you know you are going to hit a good shot you are going to hit a bad one," said Almanza. "Forget about the cell phones and everything else you go around hit that little ball, take your frustrations out on that little ball, have fun."

Reneau says he hopes to have a clinic like this again next year. 

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