On Course member joins TPC Potomac staff
May 15, 2014
POTOMAC, Md.- On Course Foundation USA is honored to announce current OCF USA member, Thomas (TJ) Brooks, has accepted a job with TPC Potomac in Montgomery County, Md.
As the mission of On Course Foundation USA states, building confidence and self-belief in wounded, injured and ill Service-Members and Veterans via golf skills and employment training events, the placement of Brooks is an exciting time in OCF USA’s short existence.
TJ is a retired wounded Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Sergeant Brooks joined the Marine Corps in June of 2006 out of Tappahannock, VA. He completed two deployments to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper.
Sergeant Brooks was injured on the morning of January 21, 2011, as a result of a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED), while conducting missions in Afghanistan. He sustained injuries that include amputation of the right leg above the knee, severe muscle and tissue damage to the left leg below the knee, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and PTSD.
During his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center he became active in the game of golf. After only 8 months in recovery he was competing on the golf course again.
When asked what the game of golf has done for his recovery process, Brooks replied, “Golf aided in my physical rehabilitation as well as mental. It got me reconnected with Service-Members and that feeling of camaraderie you lose when you are away from your unit.”
Brooks was a member of the US Simpson Cup Golf Team in 2012, as well as a two-time participant of the Bush Center Warrior Open Golf Tournament.
Sergeant Brooks retired from the Marine Corps due to his wounds in November 2012.
TPC Potomac has offered TJ an opportunity to gain experience working in the golf industry at their club and through other golf tournaments, all while earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland for a degree in Turf and Golf Course Management.
“I had always dreamed of a golf related job, but didn’t realize there were careers and degrees associated with being a Superintendent,” states Brooks. “I did a lot of research and decided that it was more in line with what I wanted to do and would give me the opportunity to work in the golf profession.”
TJ has a career goal to one day be the superintendent at an all Veterans golf course that employs and trains disabled Veterans for careers in the golf industry, as well as teach and allow disabled Veterans to play golf.
The On Course Foundation is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for TJ Brooks.
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