After coming home from his deployment, Matthew Sorenson found himself in a battle with PTSD. As PTSD can manifest itself in many ways, it took Matt into a place that kept him from wanting to leave the house. Serving in the United States Marine Corps (U.S. Marine Corps) from 1990-94, Sorenson had not touched a golf club since he enlisted right out of high school.
Telling his wife Kristi stories of playing with his Dad growing up, Kristi rummaged through the garage to find his clubs and get him back out on the course. “I was nervous and scared when showing up to my first @PGAHOPE Clinic,” Sorenson said, “but Lance Flury (United States United States Air Force Veteran, PGA Professional, and Lead HOPE Instructor in Springfield, Illinois) went out of his way to make me feel included.” Kritsi, who knows Matt better than anyone, watched as he caught the golf bug and noticed a positive change in his battle with PTSD. Matt has found an activity that gives him focus, something to look forward to, and a way to find peace and calm when out on the course.
Unfortunately, Matt’s story isn’t unique for those who served our country. We are proud to offer FREE 6-8 week golf programming via PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). Are you an active duty military member or a veteran? If so check out gatewaypga.org/military for more information.