BANGOR, Maine — On May 22, Bangor Municipal Golf Course and its staff were recognized for their efforts in teaching local veterans the game of golf through the New England PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Program. The Disabled American Veterans Association and a group of participants from last summer’s class honored the instructors for their time and effort put forth to run the program.
“It was a great surprise to have the DAV and some of our Hope Participants recognize us today,” Bangor Municipal Head PGA Professional Rob Jarvis said. “We have not had many bright days this spring, both literally and figuratively, and this was just the boost we needed to put these rainy days behind us.”
NEPGA HOPE is an instructional program that is held each summer at Bangor Municipal Golf Course and at four other facilities in New England. The program is free to all Veterans and is designed to impact their lives through the game of golf and provide them with an opportunity to not only enhance their golf skills but have an enjoyable experience with other veterans.
“We are so lucky to have this facility and be able to open it up to our veterans. Bangor truly is a city of giving and our veterans are a vital part of this community. The City of Bangor is very proud of its golf course and we all believe that it is our responsibility to make sure the club is doing everything it can to be a shining part of the community it serves.”
The program is a collaboration between Bangor Municipal Golf Course and the NEPGA Foundation.
“The NEPGA Foundation is doing amazing things throughout New England and the HOPE programs are just one example,” Jarvis said. “The generosity of the Foundation is unbelievable. We can’t thank them enough for fully funding this program so all of our Veterans can participate free of charge. The collaboration has been great and we look forward to a long relationship between the two organizations.”
Full details on Bangor Municipal Golf Course’s HOPE program can be found at www.bangorgc.com.