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PGA Hope – The Story of Mark Hitchcock

by Bill Hobson

Welcome to the Fore Golfers Network/Michigan Golf Live Podcast Ep 407 – PGA Hope – The Story of Mark Hitchcock

Our special guest is Bay City, MI resident Mark Hitchcock. Mark served honorably in the US Army Reserve for 10 years with the 980th Quartermaster Company.

Mark progressed to the rank of Sergeant and took on several additional duties within his unit, most prominently serving as his unit’s Duty Appointed Retention NCO while also bearing responsibility for his squad and duties of his MOS as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. During his service, SGT Hitchcock earned the Army Commendation Medal, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2 Armed Forces Reserve Medals w/ M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Driver & Mechanic Badge / Driver-W, as well as several Certificates of Achievement. For service in Iraq, his unit was also awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for exceptional service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mark learned about PGA HOPE from one of his volunteers while serving as an Event Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association who was aware of his prior service and love for golf. During the program, Mark, who never took a formal lesson prior to this program, not only learned some critical skills that have improved his golf game, but also helped him connect with many fellow Veterans and provide a sense of focus and purpose he didn’t realize was missing in his life since leaving the service, using the game of golf as the catalyst.

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