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PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH Nebraska, the charitable foundation of the Nebraska PGA. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

 

PGA HOPE

PGA HOPE is a 6-7-week program that provides military veterans with free golf experiences taught by PGA Professionals. Upon completing the program, Veterans are considered “graduates” and will remain engaged every year through other PGA HOPE activities and events provided by PGA REACH Nebraska.

Learning and playing the game of golf is a proven activity that has positively impacted thousands of veterans nationwide. PGA HOPE is a program that is truly making a difference, as golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many veterans with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.

PGA HOPE – FAQ

What is PGA HOPE?

  • PGA HOPE is the flagship military program for the PGA REACH Nebraska, designed to introduce golf to veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.  As many veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life, the game of golf delivers a new level of enjoyment and opportunity to be active in their local community.
  • PGA HOPE is a 6-7 week program that provides military veterans with free golf experiences taught by PGA Professionals. Upon completion of the program, Veterans are considered “graduates” and receive additional benefits such as engagement events,  discounts on green fees to local golf courses, and equipment.
  • There are currently over 180 PGA HOPE programs across the United States.

How does PGA HOPE help veterans?

  • Learning and playing the game of golf is a proven activity that has positively impacted thousands of wounded veterans nationwide. PGA HOPE is a program that is truly making a difference, as golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many veterans with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.

How is the program funded?

  • All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by the PGA REACH Nebraska and PGA REACH. It is offered at NO COST for military veterans.

Who participates in PGA HOPE?

  • PGA HOPE is geared towards veterans with disabilities however is offered to all servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans.
  • Participants include military veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or the loss of limbs, among other challenges
  • PGA HOPE programming is closely aligned with local VA hospitals, as both strive to best meet the needs of all military veteran

Who teaches the program?

  • PGA Professionals provide expert golf instruction and are sometimes assisted by volunteers.
  • All PGA Professionals teaching PGA HOPE sessions are trained in adaptive golf methods to ensure they are comfortable instructing military veterans with disabilities.

For more information about PGA HOPE please reach out to Seth Scollard, PGA at sscollard@pgahq.com

2024 PGA HOPE NEBRASKA PROGRAMS

PGA HOPE Papillion (Spring)

Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course - Papillion, NE

Starts Tue, Apr 16 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT) 6 sessions

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PGA HOPE North Lincoln

Location: Highlands Golf Course - Lincoln, NE

Starts Wed, Apr 17 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT) 6 sessions

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PGA HOPE Omaha

Location: Benson Golf Course - Omaha, NE

Starts Sun, Jun 2 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT) 6 sessions

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PGA HOPE Offutt - Summer

Location: Willow Lakes Golf Course - Bellevue, NE

Starts Tuesday, June 11th 9:30 am - 11:00 am (CDT) 6 sessions

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PGA HOPE South Lincoln

Location: Holmes Golf Course - Lincoln, NE

Starts Thu, Aug 22 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT) 6 sessions

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PGA HOPE Kearney

Location: Meadowlark Hills Golf Course - Kearney, NE

Starts Wed, Aug 28 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT) 6 sessions

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PGA HOPE Papillion (Fall)

Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course - Papillion, NE

Starts Wed, Aug 21 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT) 6 sessions

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Post Program Events

2024 PGA HOPE Operation 36 Golf League

The OPERATION is to shoot 36 or better in 9 holes of golf! All players will start at 25 yards and work their way backward, with the goal of shooting 36 at all yardages. If you complete the challenge, you’ll continue playing from farther distances. This is a 7-week league. All players MUST commit to the 7 weeks. (Spring, summer and fall sessions available)

PGA HOPE Operation 36 League is open to all veterans and active duty military. So bring a friend and come take on the OP36 challenge!

The cost is $175 for the 7-week session ($25 each week). Your fee includes 9 holes of golf, a golf cart, and a chance to win weekly prizes! Each participant will also get access to the Operation 36 app, which allows you to train, play, and track your progress throughout the league. The league fee of $175 will be due and paid to Ashland CC on the first week of the league (April 30th).

This 7-week league will take place at Ashland Country Club in Ashland, NE (30 minutes from Lincoln and Omaha).
Address: 16119 US-6, Ashland, NE 68003

PGA HOPE OP36 Spring League
Apr 30, 2024 – Jun 18, 2024
Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm

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PGA HOPE OP36 Summer League
Jun 25, 2024 – Aug 6, 2024
Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm

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PGA HOPE OP36 Fall League
Aug 13, 2024 – Sep 24, 2024
Tuesday evenings at 5:00 pm

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2024 PGA HOPE Nebraska Cup

Location: Hillcrest Country Club – 9401 E O St, Lincoln, NE 68520

Date: Tuesday, October 8th

Registration information will be available in August. 

 

 

2023 Champions – Air Force -White

 

Past Champions

2022 – Army – Green

2021 – Omaha

2020 – Lincoln

 

Looking to give back to PGA HOPE? Volunteers are needed at all the 2024 PGA HOPE programs. Please click below and sign up today for which program you would like to help with. For any questions, please contact Amber Bogle, PGA Associate, at abogle@pgahq.com

 

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What are the volunteer opportunities for PGA HOPE programs?

Check-In Station: Each week, we greet and welcome veterans to the PGA HOPE program. They are required to check in and receive their name tags.

Station Helpers: Each program has 1-3 golf stations focusing on a golf skill each week. The PGA Professionals will be leading the instruction but will need help shagging balls, refilling balls at the hitting stations, and making sure that anyone who needs a break or snacks/drinks, the volunteers, can be there to help point them in the right direction. Lastly, just having FUN with the group! PGA HOPE is a Veteran program first and a golf program second. It’s the camaraderie at PGA HOPE that makes this program so great, and we would love for you to be a part of this.

 

 

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PGA HOPE Nebraska Ambassadors

David Karl

U.S. Air Force

PGA HOPE Ambassador - 2019

Shawn Donald

U.S Marine Corps

PGA HOPE Ambassador - 2021

Dallas Brekeen

U.S Army

PGA HOPE Ambassador -2022

PGA HOPE Nebraska Squadron

Mission Statement
Led by the three PGA HOPE Nebraska Ambassadors, the mission of the PGA HOPE Nebraska squadron is to create a group of motivated veterans who are ready to take on a more significant role within the PGA HOPE Nebraska Program. The squadron will be responsible for creating a strategic plan that includes but is not limited to, the following: teamwork, veteran engagement, community relations, storytelling, and branding PGA HOPE. Squadron members who are selected should aspire to represent Nebraska as a PGA HOPE Ambassador someday. The PGA HOPE Nebraska Squadron is entirely veteran-led.