TYLER - Chris Hedgcorth retired from the Marine Core in June. He was wounded in 2004 when a rocket exploded near him.
On Saturday, Chris and other wounded warriors arrived at Tyler Pounds Airport for some rest and relaxation in East Texas - including - a banquet honoring veterans, and a Pro-Am Golf Tournament that starts Monday.
On Sunday, wounded warriors like Chris, along with some golf professionals took some time before Monday's tournament to play the game with some local kids.
"We're out here with the 'First Tee' kids. I'm one of the wounded warriors - out here having a ball with kids. We're learning how to play golf, they're playing way better than I am," said Chris Hedgcorth.
The Piney Woods Chapter of 'First Tee' in Longview joined up with some junior golfers from Tyler for Sunday's festivities.
"We have a junior clinic, actually introducing 'First Tee' to the Tyler market by having the kids from the Longview First Tee program - the Piney Woods Chapter out playing with the warriors today," said PGA Professional, Tom Campbell.
First Tee is a junior golf organization that teaches core values like honesty and integrity as well as the basics of golf.
"The kids will come introduce themselves to you and shake your hand and tell who they are and its just wonderful training," said Dick Goetz, chairman of Texas Wounded Warrior.
Monday's annual Wounded Warrior Golf Pro-Am Celebrity Scramble is sponsored by "Texas Wounded Warrior," an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
Proceeds from the tournament will go to help wounded warriors and their families.