Tampa Bay Championship gives back for Wounded Hero Project

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Palm Harbor, Florida -- Living in Florida so many people love to golf but for many wounded war veterans it can be nearly impossible, until now. The Tampa Bay Championship is giving back as part of the Wounded Hero Project.

"A big part of the PGA Tour is giving back and this is just a small way we can reach out and say thank you," said Tournament Director Kevin Krisle.

Birdies for the Brave, the PGA Tour and Callaway Golf teamed up to custom fit a few wounded soldiers Tuesday.

"We feel like we get more out of it then they do," said Dean Teykl, PGA Tour manager for Callaway Golf.

These wounded heroes say it's a dream come true.

"It's wonderful to see all these guys out here being so generous and appreciative and I feel the same way. I'm excited to be out here," said Marine Corp veteran Alexander Kelly.

Three chosen veterans were fitted in the Callaway trailer at Innisbrook Resort for a full set of custom-made professional golf equipment all donated by Callaway.

"We fit them with golf clubs just like we do the PGA Tour professionals," explained Teykl.

Alexis Lahiff, from the PGA Tour Community Outreach, said Callaway is really supportive of this program. They began last year hosting seven different tournaments and this year they have 14.

It doesn't end there. Tomorrow afternoon they will get a chance to play in the Tampa Bay Championship Pro-Am to improve their game.

"To be able to get fitted with Callaway clubs and play in the Pro-Am, it's kind of a big deal. I've never played in front of an audience," said Army veteran Maury Collett.

As a bonus they also got a few tips from professional tour players.

"I got some good advice; stay on the fairway and have fun!" said Collett.

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