Callaway helps Wounded Warriors heal with gift of golf

Sgt. Willian Begley

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The golf club manufacturers at Callaway Golf in partnership with Birdies for the Brave gave a special gift to two low country wounded warriors at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island April 13.

Charlie Pannell, formerly an Army Staff Sergeant who was medically retired after 12 years of service and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Anthony Smith, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were fitted for their own custom set of golf clubs and given a few pointers on the driving range and putting green.

"It's the experience of a lifetime. They fitted me with all the irons, drivers, hybrids and putter so I will have a custom set of clubs I can call my own," Pannell said.

Pannell was on his third tour in Iraq as a combat engineer in 2008 when he received his injury. His squad of engineers were doing route clearance in Mosul. As they drove through a busy marketplace, they were attacked.

"Three teenagers ran out with armor piercing grenades and threw them at my vehicle. Myself and three of my Soldiers were critically injured during the attack," Pannell said.

Pannell had to have his left leg amputated above the knee. He said he's looking forward to using the gift he received from the club manufacturer to help him continue on his road to healing.

"It gives me another purpose in life. I'm going to get outdoors and experience my love of golf again," Pannell said. Read the full article here.