Make-a-wish teen in the Valley gets a world-class golf experience

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Make-a-wish teen in the Valley gets a world-class golf experience

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Sam’s Augusta national request failed. But PXG stepped in to help Make-A-Wish celebrate Sam.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Valley teenager Sam Gullion was born with a rare and congenital disease, but nothing stops him from connecting with his grandfather.

Sam and his grandfather named Joe Gullion have shared a love of golf since Sam was a little boy. Sam’s father also played on and off the PGA Tour for 7 years, so it’s easy to see that golf is in his blood.

Now Sam is getting the VIP treatment thanks to Make-A-Wish and Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG).

“I was born with a congenital heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome … it’s only half a heart to the layman,” said 19-year-old Sam Gullion, who has been through much more than most children his age.

“When I was 5 days old I had my first surgery and then gradually got another tube when I was 3 years old.”

Sam, who learned golf from his grandfather at a young age, wished he could play Augusta National with his grandfather.

“I like to hit the driver … hit hard and wide,” said Sam.

“He’s become my golf buddy,” said Joe. “He can hit the golf ball 280 yards.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Sam’s Augusta national request failed. But PXG stepped in to help Make-A-Wish celebrate Sam.

“All I wanted was just a set of PXG golf clubs,” he said.

PXG gave Sam a lot more. The request included a special visit to PXG headquarters with a welcome party at the gate.

“A SWAT team, there were cops, there were PXG employees,” he said. “My favorite show is ‘Criminal Minds’ and they were here to show me what I like to see on TV … it was very cool.”

The full PXG customization experience ended with its clubs being built and delivered in just two days.

Sam and his grandfather were then invited to spend two days at Scottsdale National Golf Club for unlimited golf, dining, and first class accommodations.

“It’s going to be very special,” he said. “I’ll have my grandfather with me … we’ll only be playing golf for a few days.”

“It’s going to be a wonderful experience,” said Joe.

Sam also got PXG PGA Pros to send him good wishes.

“It’s all a matter of the heart as they say, so I know you can do it, so stay positive. It’s pretty great what you’re preparing for, ”said Zach Johnson in a video message.

“I wanted to welcome you into the family and wish you all the best,” Jason Kokrak said in another message to Sam.

Sam couldn’t be more grateful.

“I’m just really grateful for all of that,” he said. “That’s a lot more than I wished for and it’s really great.”

“Thanks to all of you,” added Joe.

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