|PGA President Ted Bishop jumps in and offers a quick tip|
Each week many players and tournament officials spend time conducting clinics, visiting schools, or spending time with patients at local hospitals. If you read the last post on the blog you learned that early in the week of the Senior PGA Championship Ranken Jordan had a visit from 1987 U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson. You may also have seen this story reported on the Fox 2 or KSDK-TV 5 news here in St. Louis. What wasn't reported was the visit Ranken Jordan had on Friday of the golf tournament. This visit was from the three officers of the PGA of America: President Ted Bishop, Vice-President Derek Sprague, and Secretary Paul Levy.
|Paul Levy, Ted Bishop, Lauri Tanner, Kevin Corn, & Derek Sprague with Deontay & Patrick|
|PGA Vice-President Derek Sprague offering swing tips while Kevin Corn, PGA, looks on and PGA President Ted Bishop poses for a picture in the background|
These visits are often the level of involvement that is not discussed or reported. I wanted to highlight it because it shows the generous nature of these three gentlemen and also begins to illustrate that it doesn't always take money to improve what a charitable organization provides. These three men gave an hour and a half of their time to bring smiles to the faces of these kids and tell the staff "thank you" for the work they do on a daily basis. Every week I see the value of simply spending time with the kids and doing the "little things" that help them simply be kids. Financial contributions are critical to providing the facility and ability to be able to take care of the kids who so badly need what Ranken Jordan offers them. But our weekly golf clinics, and the visits from Scott Simpson and the PGA's President, Vice-President, and Secretary, perfectly illustrate how critical volunteer time is and the positive effects of what the game of golf can give these kids.