Dean Teykl has no personal connection to the military. He's never served and has no family members enlisted.
And yet, the PGA Tour manager for Callaway shares a bond with former servicemen and women that few others do. He added to that relationship Tuesday, as he and the other members of Callaway fitted four Wounded Warriors for golf clubs at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
The event was one of "about 17" that Callaway takes part in every year, Teykl said. The charity project is part of Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative supported by the PGA Tour.
"It's a great program," Teykl said. "We actually get more out of it than they do. We can't repay them. We've got guys giving up legs and life and all this kind of stuff for us to be able to live the life that we live. It's a fantastic program."
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Teykl and other members of Callaway invited the four veterans into its tour van, where they were greeted with hats and gloves before being shown how they modify the equipment used by the professionals. The group was then hooked up to Doppler radar on the driving range to show how far their balls fly.
"We take guys and basically treat them like a PGA Tour professional for a day," he said.
The foursome was then fitted for clubs and a putter, which will be shipped to them in about four weeks, Teykl said. The gear is a part of an entire set, including a bag, that the veterans receive.
Former champs highlight pro-am
Carl Pettersson, last year's RBC Heritage champion, will tee off at 8:40 a.m. today on No. 1 in the annual pro-am, highlighting a list of former winners taking part.
Brandt Snedeker, who took home the tartan jacket in 2011, will tee off at 7:10 a.m. on the No. 1 tee.
2010 champ Jim Furyk will get underway on No. 10 at 9:10 a.m. while 2009 winner Brian Gay will follow at 12:45 p.m. on No. 1. Two-time champion and RBC Heritage favorite Boo Weekley will start at the same time on No. 10.
Former champions Aaron Baddeley and Stewart Cink are also participating. Local and state politicians are expected to be featured amongst the field, which may also include South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, a traditional participant.
Home on the range
Students of the Junior Players Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island are getting a second chance to be among the PGA Tour professionals this week.
A week after volunteering at Augusta National for last week's Masters, the group will once again work with the game's best at the RBC Heritage on the driving range inside the ropes, according to a release.
"The JPGA students that are not competing this week are extremely excited about being involved in another PGA Tour event here at home this week, volunteering at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament," JPGA president Keith Bach said.
John Daly stood out in his trademark Loudmouth Golf clothing Tuesday, donning white pants splashed with paint colors during his practice round. The 46-year-old has become known for both his colorful personality and, in recent years, his wardrobe.