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Fort Eustis golf pro Weissinger earns honor for supporting troops
Andy Weissinger, the head pro at The Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis, got a super shocker while watching the recent PGA Championship on television inside the course clubhouse.
It was a phone call. Jim Remy, the president of the PGA of America, was calling to inform Weissinger that he'd been selected to receive the 2009 Patriot Award.
"I was shocked. I didn't even know that I'd been nominated for the award," the 32-year-old Weissinger said Friday. "It's a tremendous honor."
The Portsmouth resident is only the second person to receive the award, which is presented "to PGA professionals who personify and demonstrate unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America."
The first recipient was Dan Rooney, a former fighter pilot in Iraq who inspired the creation of a nationwide Patriot Golf Day in 2007 to raise scholarship money for children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled while serving this country.
Weissinger will receive his award at the PGA annual meeting in November in New Orleans.
On Sept. 12, a film crew from the PGA came to Fort Eustis to spend the day shooting video of Weissinger. This included his interacting with soldiers playing in a tournament and working with people at a clinic. Parts of the footage will be shown at the awards ceremony.
Working with the military and their families has been an enjoyable experience for Weissinger.
"Just being able to help someone that's doing so much for our country and making sacrifices gives me a great sense of satisfaction and it's very rewarding," he said.
Among the programs he's developed are "reintegration clinics" for those service men and women returning from duty, a Wounded Warrior program, and P.T. for Active Duty Soldiers.
Weissinger sees golf as a stress reliever for the soldiers.
"I get my most enjoyment from watching them being able to enjoy the game of golf and seeing them relax and get away from the pressures of their jobs," he said.
In the P.T. "speed-golf" program, as many as 100 soldiers get to the course at 6 in the morning. Instead of their accustomed physical training, they are divided into five-man teams for nine holes of modified golf. One person hits a shot and then everybody on the team runs to the ball. Then another person hits a shot and they all run to that ball. They skip shots to the greens and go on to the next hole.
"They get in about 2-to-2 1/2 miles of running," Weissinger said. "They have a lot of fun and it's become very, very popular."
So have lunch times on the range from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. That's when Weissinger and other staff members are available to help answer questions and give tips to anyone.
Earlier this year, Weissinger also received the Middle Atlantic PGA President's Plaque for outstanding contributions in player development over the past six seasons at The Pines.
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