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  • ESPN moves its ESPY golf tournament from Trump National L.A.

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf13 hrs ago

    You can now count ESPN among those organizations cutting ties with Donald Trump in the wake of offensive, inaccurate comments about Mexican immigrants.

    ESPN announced Monday that it has moved its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Los Angeles to Pelican Hill Golf Club in nearby Newport Beach, Calif. The tournament is set for July 14 ahead of the network's annual ESPY award show and benefits The V Foundation's Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund.

    “We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice," said a statement released Monday by ESPN. 

    "This charity outing benefits The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans. Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.”

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  • First veteran amputee to play in Tour's Boise Open

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago

    For the first time in the history of the Tour, a military veteran amputee will compete in an event. Iraq veteran Chad Pfeifer has been given a sponsor's exemption into the Albertsons Boise Open, played July 9-12. 

    The 33-year-old retired U.S. Army corporal and Idaho native lost his left leg above the knee in April 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded and blew up a vehicle in which he and other soldiers were traveling.

    “It’s an amazing opportunity for me and my golf career, but at the same time, it’s nice to get my story out there for other wounded soldiers or people with disabilities,” Pfeifer said. “Hopefully I can inspire them and they can see that anything is possible as long as they keep going."

    Pfeifer took up golf during his recovery process at the urging of fellow soldier Christian Bagge, who lost both of his legs in Iraq, while rehabilitating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Less than a year after Pfeifer suffered his injury, he played in his first 18-hole round.

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