Monday, December 5 2022

(ORLANDO, Florida)Foundation on the course will place up to 14 injured service members to work at the 2023 PGA Championship, May 15-21, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.

Active and retired veterans who are members of the On Course Foundation will participate in a wide range of tournament operations and agronomic employment. Their assignments align with the organization’s mission to use golf as a vehicle for physical and mental recovery, and to reap newfound confidence in careers in golf.

American Veterans Group, Wall Street’s only public benefit corporation, funds work experiences, including travel, lodging, and other logistics and training. The firm is a military veteran-owned, social impact-focused investment bank and brokerage firm for institutional clients that provides meaningful philanthropic support to the military veteran community.

On Course Foundation members working on the 2023 PGA Championship side programs at the PGA TOUR’s Charles Schwab, Masters Tournament and Royal and Ancient’s Open Championship.

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“It’s amazing to see golf change the lives of our veterans, many of whom experience horrific physical injuries and PTSD, including contemplating suicide,” said Ben Biles, Founder and CEO of American Veterans Group. “On-the-Job Training supports On Course Foundation’s Golf Business Studies program year-round, and American Veterans Group is excited to be a part of it.

Experiences at the PGA Championship and other professional tournaments will increase Service member resumes and lead to full-time employment in the golf industry.

“It’s a foot in the door for service members to demonstrate their unparalleled work ethic, dedication and commitment to the sport and business of golf,” says Shauna Snyder, a 35-year-old military veteran who leads the placement for On Course Foundation. “We are grateful for the support of the American Veterans Group and the PGA of America, producer of the PGA Championship.”

Thousands of On Course Foundation members benefit from the organization’s golf education and career services. Exhibiting profound character changes, they are placed in full-time employment with Callaway, Invited, Marriott Golf, TaylorMade, TPC Network and other golf companies, courses, clubs and resorts. Members also learn playing skills, with many hitting low single-digit handicaps and qualifying for the annual Simpson Cup where British and American teams compete in Ryder Cup-style matches.

Service members’ stories involve the loss of legs and arms, dozens of life-saving surgeries per member, and hidden injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder, complicating their transition from active duty to civilian life.

Corporate and individual contributions of financial and business resources are intended to expand the On Course Foundation’s impact in new regional markets across America. The organization currently runs free programs in 15 states that help injured service members develop golf activities and playing skills.

Sponsors include Apollo Wealth Management, Barclays, Charles Schwab, CSX, JP Morgan, KPMG, Callaway, Clubessential and Summit Golf Brands. Their tributes to the military and the game of golf greatly improve the lives of veterans who otherwise might have gone downhill.

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About the On Course Foundation
With offices in Orlando and London, On Course Foundation helps wounded, injured and ill military veterans use golf to aid their reintegration into society. Founded in 2010 by John Simpson – former agent of Nick Faldo and 17 major tournament winners – the organization instills newfound confidence in more than 2,000 members. Education focuses on the many facets of a golf career with full-time internships at Callaway, ClubCorp, Marriott Vacations, TaylorMade, and other golf companies, golf courses, clubs, and resorts. Most members were first introduced to golf through the On Course Foundation where they learned how to play, overcome lost limbs, mobility and mental acuity, and other physical and psychological impairments. The On Course Foundation’s flagship event is the annual Simpson’s Cup which pits 13-person teams from the United States and United Kingdom in Ryder Cup-style matches with many competitors featuring surprisingly low single-digit handicaps.

More information:, [email protected]407.529.2674.

Rich Katz
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