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Jim Dickerson honored with 2014 PGA Patriot Award

JIM DICKERSON – Patriot Award
Finkbine Golf Course, Iowa City, Iowa & Blue Top Ridge at Riverside – Riverside, Iowa

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2014 Patriot Award recipient Jim Dickerson

Jim Dickerson is a PGA Teaching Professional at the University of Iowa Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City; and the Director of Instruction for the GIVE (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) Foundation at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. Since 2008, he has been the lead instructor for the GIVE Foundation, a national golf rehabilitation model known for its success in using the game of golf to aid in a veteran’s recovery from both physical injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) issues.

Dickerson, 70, has guided more than 600 veterans and their families to learn the game of golf. Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and raised in Iowa City, Dickerson is a retired Sergeant Major who served in Vietnam as a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1968. Following his retirement from the Army in 1991, Dickerson became an assistant professional at Finkbine Golf Course and was elected to PGA membership in 1995. He is the first Iowa PGA Section member to receive the National Patriot Award and was the inaugural Iowa Section Patriot Award recipient in 2013. Dickerson also received the Iowa PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2012. [Read more…]

$3K raised by Veterans Appreciation Golf Tourney

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Golf instructor’s GIVE program gives back to veterans

 

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NORWALK, Ia. — Warrior Run Golf Course is technically closed on a picturesque Saturday morning, but there’s still a cluster of carts lined up at the driving range and the obligatory group of coffee-drinkers sitting in the clubhouse.

 

Assuming golf pros other than Mark Burke would call it a driving range.

 

A few of the men teeing off behind orange traffic cones don’t know that craters and dirt trails pock the course’s west side because of an uprooted irrigation system, and those who do know don’t care.

 

Burke has assembled this hardy bunch for a satellite program years in the making, trying to spread goodwill through golf and get Des Moines-area disabled veterans out for lessons and clubs and sunshine.

 

That means his course is open.

“Using this program and learning how to play golf has been kind of a godsend,” Eugene Cherry, a vision-impaired veteran, shares in the clubhouse. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a blessing, too.”

Starting in 2007, Burke spent weekends pacing Interstate 80 to help the GIVE Foundation (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) get things going at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. The U.S. Navy Seabee turned certified PGA instructor felt he had to pitch in to a not-for-profit program designed to give veterans at the Iowa City VA Medical Center a treatment option by learning and playing golf.

“I’ve found that teaching is what I love the best,” Burke said. “And I knew there were people sitting in the dark, not getting out. I was excited to give them something to do.”

 

Upcoming GIVE Golf Tournaments for 2014

Dubuque GIVE Golf Touranment

May 26th, 2014 – 6th Annual Memorial Golf Day – Westwood Golf Course, Newton, Iowa – Contact Hank Britton at 641-521-6564 for additional information.

June 8th, 2014 – Dubuque GIVE Golf Tournament – Bunker Hill Golf Course, Dubuque, Iowa – Check-in starts at 12:00 P.M. with tournament start at 1:00 P.M.  Contact Roger Slattery at 563-580-8452 or email him at rogers928@mchsi.com for additional information.