Healing power of golf for ex-servicemen

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A St Andrews charity has just finished its final golf event of the summer supporting ill and injured military personnel from the Commonweath and USA.

In the last three years St Andrews Legacy has worked with nearly 50 individuals recovering with the help of golf.

The latest trip saw eight veterans from Canada, America and Scotland stay in St Andrews and play several courses, including the Old Course.

Golf administrator Huw Jones, who helped deliver the final event, said: “They all had the experience of being quite reclusive but when they were brought back as a group they came back alive again.”

The worst physical injuries of the group were borne by American Jeff Odom, a former F-16 mechanic who is a quadriplegic following a car crash and used a ParaGolfer made by Ottobock to get around courses,

American Donald Martin is dealing with the physical and psychological scars of witnessing the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and he was also deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, where he suffered serious head, leg and back injuries.

Graham Proctor, founder of St Andrews Legacy, said: “I’d like to thank all the people who helped to make this event so special. Members of the public expressed their appreciation for the sacrifices these men have made and the courses we visited could not have been more helpful.”

For more details see www.standrewslegacy.com