Dad and two wounded warrior sons find new hope at Golf Academy of America
June 2012 — For George Wallace and his two sons, Jonathan and Christopher, the Golf Academy of America is more than a place where golf instruction is taught and career paths are found. For the Wallaces, the two-year golf college in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a place where their torn lives are slowly being knitted back together.
The young men are in their late 20s and both have been discharged from military service due to injuries received in Iraq. And the father lost his job last year at a nuclear power plant near Aiken, S.C., after 30 years of employment as part of a downsizing that took the workforce from a high of 34,000 jobs to just 11,000.
“This is the first time since 2000 that all three of us are under the same roof in favorable conditions,” said George Wallace, 57, who was a promising baseball player before he injured his throwing arm. “The last 12 years we have really had our share of hurdles, and both of my kids now deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
George is thinking he might use his new education to pursue a job as a clubfitter. Jonathan, a gregarious and affable sort, is perfectly suited for a sales position. Chris, who has lost 100 pounds but is still a big man at 6’3” and 255 pounds, would like to be a professional golfer.
Read more about the Wallace family, including coverage in the recent Global Golf Post and TV news coverage.
There are many avenues and opportunities to find a bright future at Golf Academy of America.