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PGA Patriot Award presented to Hughesville native

By Staff | Jan 24, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED David Crawley, a 1990 graduate of Hughesville High School, was awarded the PGA Patriot Award last year in Iowa for his dedication to serving injured veterans and teaching them to enjoy the game of golf.

HUGHESVILLE – A mother’s pride and a family history of military service brought the attention of David Crawley’s accomplishment to his native town of Hughesville, PA. For he was honored with the 2018 Iowa PGA Patriot Award.

Crawley is a 1990 graduate of Hughesville High School where he played soccer and basketball according to his mother, Shirley Crawley who graduated 1n 1953 from HHS. David also played in the high school band, marching band and the jazz band.

Two years ago, Crawley was hired as the new golf pro at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course in Iowa where he resides. While operating the facility, he set up a program for veterans so that they could come to the course and play golf through the G.I.V.E Foundation which means Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere. It is an Iowa program run through their Central Health Care System and Crawley offers training for injured veterans to participate in playing golf.

Because of his dedication and “unwavering commitment”, he was given PGA Patriot award last October. “I am humbled to win this award,” he said. “It serves as a reminder to me the dedication of the men and women who protect our country and to allow us to be able to play golf and be free.”

Crawley himself has spent the last 28 years working for the US Army, mostly as a logistics specialist, and was able to promote himself to several management positions. His jobs took him all over the world including Tours of Duty in Germany and a 6 month deployment on the NATO Peacekeeping mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997 and 1998.

In 2001 he started working in the US Army Golf Program and worked with soldiers on a daily basis to help build their golf game during downtime.

He began his civilian life as the business programs manager at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Baumholder Germany and in 2006 moved to Custer Hill Golf Course in Fort Riley, Kansas as the business manager and head PGA Golf Professional. There he developed a program with the Warrior Transition Battalion that enabled wounded warriors to learn the game of golf and play 10-15 tournaments a year to help with their resiliency.

“I am passionate about the game of golf and its history, and have deep respect and interest in the rules of the game,” he added, and served as a rule official. He worked with military and civilian leaders and fellow PGA members to promote golf for wounded soldiers and to help relieve the stress of rehabilitation and the rigors of military life.

Crawley was able to bring the “First Tee” to military families on Fort Riley and get soldiers to participate in PGA HOPE.

As he is employed at Muscatine Municipal Golf Course, Crawley continues to advocate for veterans by providing opportunities and experiences for them to learn and play while enjoying the game of golf. He enjoys taking disabled soldiers to golf clinics and working with them on building their skills and confidence.

He is the son of the late James “Jim” Crawley who served in the military and the Reserves from 1953 to 1955. Crawley’s sister, Susan Crawley Fazes also serves in the military and was a 1976 graduate of Hughesville High School.