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Golf for the mind and body

Post by Joe Barrentine / The News Tribune on May 4, 2010 at 9:53 am with No Comments »
May 4, 2010 9:53 am

Volunteers and supporters celebrated the opening of the new Rehabilitation and Learning Center at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course a couple of weeks ago, so I headed out to see what was going on. While other media and dignitaries inspected the new facilities I headed out to the range to see what the golfers had to say. I met Puyallup’s Jim Martinson out there.

Martinson, 63, was wounded in Vietnam — he lost four buddies and both of his legs to a Bouncing Betty in 1968 — and took up the game almost two years ago after he retired. His goal is to be a bogey golfer by the end of his second year playing.

Martinson was quick to praise the efforts of Pepper Roberts and the more than 150 volunteers who keep the place running. Roberts told me they are always looking for volunteers to help with everything – including cutting the grass. All of the costs involved in running the golf course are paid for by donations.

To volunteer or make a donation contact Roberts at 253-589-1998.

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