Player visits with soldiers

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 7, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Many players took advantage of a chance to practice today by getting a feel for the course, but one golfer, Jerry Kelly, wasn't at the Augusta National. He spent the day at Fort Gordon with soldiers.

"You get to take all your frustrations out on that one little ball," said Sergeant Charles Inman. He really missed golf when he was deployed in Afghanistan.

"It's real peaceful. It's relaxing. You know, even though I have a wicked slice I still love to enjoy it," he said.

His love of the game is why he was so excited to get tips from pro-golfer Jerry Kelly.

"{He could've waited until after the whole thing was over with but instead he took time out of his schedule," said Kelly.

A busy schedule at that. Kelly finished fifth in the Masters last year and on a day he could've been practicing for the tournament, Kelly had more important things to do.

"Augusta's gonna be there for three more days...Being able to come out here and interact with the soldier's, it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck," Kelly said.

It's stories like Sergeant Inman's that make him want to give back.

While in Afghanistan an IED hit Inman's convoy.

"I landed on my head, rolled over, got back up got halfway back and I collapsed," Kelly said.

Months later, he just finished physical therapy and hopes to be deployed again soon.

"We can't do enough, as citizens of this country, to support what they're doing for us," Kelly said.

And Kelly likes to do all he can for them. Two years ago he went to Iraq to visit troops.

"They end up giving me more than I can give them, just to watch them and be around them. It just gives me a great feeling," he said.

That's a feeling Sergeant Inman says is mutual.

"It really gives soldiers motivation, knowing there's people like Mr. Kelly out there," Inman said.

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  • by Win Location: Thompson on Apr 7, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    Kelly has gone above and beyond. He provided a fantastic opportunity for us to get inside the ropes. Kudos to Team 12 for reporting such a positive story-
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