The email arrived this morning.
It didn't say much. The message from it, however, delivered a bulls-eye to the heart of the recipient.
Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Executive Director Justin Apel tells GCM what it meant to him when he fired up his computer and scrolled through his email, one in particular from a GCBAA member. It focused on GCBAA's role in the most recent episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC TV. GCBAA assisted in building a golf practice area for a family of a war veteran in San Antonio, Texas.
"We've gotten quite a few responses about the show," Apel says, "but there was one that said how proud they are to be a member. That's cool. The experience for us, to be part of it, was incredible."
It was the culmination of an 11-month journey.
In January, Apel was contacted by ABC about the project. Extreme Makeover Home Edition was planning to build a new house for Shilo Harris and his family. Harris, a retired Army staff sergeant, suffered severe injuries in Iraq when a bomb blast to his vehicle caused burns to more than 40 percent of his body and hearing loss of 60 percent in one ear and 40 percent in the other.
The TV producer informed Apel that Harris loves golf.
"The producer said, 'We have land for you.' I said, 'What can we do?'''
"Our window to build was 12-hour access," Apel says. "We had an endless amount of volunteers."
So how did it go?
"The green is fabulous," Apel says. "To know the end-user and his family have something to enjoy ... it could not have turned out any better."
The episode still can be viewed by going to www.abc.go.com