UVS is the acronym for the United Veterans Service. The UVS was organized by Helen Lengfeld (also the founder of the PWGA) after WW2 to organize volunteer groups across the country. In 1946, she started the Golf Swing Clubs. The first was in the Menlo Park Division of the VA. The golf course was a pitch and putt course on the hospital grounds. The program offers physical therapy and gives the veterans an incentive to overcome their disabilities.
THE PROGRAM TODAY:
The Golf Swing Club has its tournaments at Moffett Field GC in Mountain View. There we play 9 holes of golf and have a separate 9-Hole putting tournament. These events host an average of 80 – 90 participants (patients, volunteers and VA Staff)
Golf : We average around 30 patient golfers of varying abilities, many with no experience to playing on their own. Limit 4 patients from any one program (HVRP, PTSD, WBRC, 1st Step, WTRP, Vets Respite care) Patient paired with Volunteer – each Patient must have a volunteer driver – VA sanctioned.
The Course Length is shortened to 1,100 yards from 3,000 yards
Putting: We average around 30+ putters. For golfers/non-golfers and Veteran’s Respite care .
We are just starting to see a few women veterans attend out programs. We encourage ladies to bring their friends to golf or putt.
Lunch: After the golfers are in – everyone has lunch on the patio.
Funding: The program is funded through an annual donation from PWGA in the amount of $1500 as well as generous donations from PWGA member clubs. The Mather WGC annually donates the proceeds from its popular Lady Liberty Tournament (over $1000).
We are ever so grateful for the donations we receive and we will continue to give back to the men and women who have served our country.
Contribution checks should be made out to PWGA and sent to the PWGA treasurer. For more information about the UVS and the services they provide, please visit their website.
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