HOUSTON, TX. – While the city is all caught up in Final Four hype, there’s another tournament in town yelling out “fore!” of another kind. The PGA Tour comes to H-Town this week, with the Shell Houston Open.
Wednesday, the wives of PGA players gathered at MD Anderson Cancer Center to give support to some very special kids.
“Golf is a game of patience…you set a goal for yourself, you can achieve it, you learn how to not get to frustrated, not get to down and then you can finally, get it in the hole,” says Kristin Gonzales with the PGA Tour Wives Association
'The Park' inside MD Anderson was transformed into a 9-hole putt putt golf course, giving kids and parents a little bit of fun, and more importantly, a little taste of normalcy.
“But that can be very difficult, when they’re going through treatments, when they’re going through day-to-day, really the fight of their lives,” says Dr. Cindy Schwartz with the Division of Pediatrics.
Taking a break from that fight, kids like Damon Billeck had a ball on the course.
“I like doing the challenging courses, cause then you gotta find new ways to do it,” says Damon.
“Towards the end of last year he had to have his arm amputated…he misses his friends, he’s homebound, so events like this give him something to look forward to,” shares Damon’s mother Lisa Billeck.
And after the front 9, they had a crafts station set up for these creative kiddos.
“I drew a Captain America symbol, the shield, and I drew the MD Anderson Cancer sign, where it’s crossed out. I have cancer and I want to get rid of it, so I thought that’d maybe be a cool idea,” explained Damon of his creative creation.
A very cool idea! And hey if these ladies’ pro golfing hubbies are watching, they might even pick up a few pointers on their short game. Theses kids sunk some super putts!