The NTWGA Story

In 2011, after reading about the Salute Military Golf Association in a local newspaper, Matt Rosenberger, a competitive high school golfer, was inspired to form the North Texas Wounded Warrior Golf Association (NTWGA) with the intent to host annual fundraising golf tournaments supporting SMGA. Matt and his father, Glenn Rosenberger, hosted two fundraising golf tournaments and quickly developed a strong team of local sponsors.

In 2013, NTWGA hosted its first North Texas Warrior Golf Clinic patterned after SMGA’s eight-week warrior golf clinics that have improved the lives of hundreds of warriors. With the support of our tremendous sponsors, NTWGA was soon offering a full suite of rehabilitative golfing experiences for local warriors – clinics, local golf outings, golf trips, tournament playing opportunities and participation in PGA events.

In 2015, NTWGA transitioned to a 100% warrior-led program. Our  Board of Directors and Warrior Ambassadors have all experienced the therapeutic benefits offered by warrior-focused golfing programs. We are dedicated to pay forward the benefits that we have reaped.

In 2016, NTWGA further focused its mission and dropped the word “Wounded” from its name.  We are warriors, but our focus is not on being wounded. Now, as the North Texas Warrior Golf Association, we strive to fulfill our mission… to improve the lives of fellow warriors through the game of golf.

NTWGA Board of Directors

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Joshua Schmidt

NTWGA President

Josh is an DFW native and Army veteran who served as a Long Range Surveillance team member during the OIF invasion and continued to serve until injuries forced him out of service in late 2004.

Patrick Turner

Patrick Turner

NTWGA Vice President

Patrick Turner is a retired US Army veteran of 34 years service, active and reserve. He served a total of 24 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the NTWGA Treasurer for 3+ years and now serves as a VIce President. He served in several executive capacities in civilian life for over 25 years, primarily in the logistics industry.

Patrick M

Patrick Martin

NTWGA Vice President

LTC Patrick Martin has commanded at the platoon, battery, battalion levels, deployed overseas twice, and served as an Adjunct Instructor for Command and General Staff College prior to deployment to Iraq in 2010. Upon re-deployment, LTC Martin retired in June 2011 after 29 ½ years of service.

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Gerald Potton

NTWGA Vice President

Gerald Potten served in the Air Force for 38 years! During his career he served as an Aircraft Mechanic and later managing the maintenance and combat readiness of A-10's . He was promoted to the rank of CMSGT (E-9) in 2006 and spend his last 9 years as a fighter squadron senior maintenance manager.

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Steven Ventura

NTWGA Vice President

Steven is a Veteran of the Marine Corps where he served as a Forward Observer. During his time he served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; 2004-2005. Steven was a participant of the 2017 NTWGA Clinic and now serves as the Treasurer for the organization. He currently holds the position of CFO for a municipality in North Texas.

NTWGA Warrior Ambassadors

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Curtis Fowler

Curtis is a 15-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, serving in the Infantry and the USMC Security Forces. in 2006, Curtis served as an individual augment to II Marine Expeditionary Force as Operations Chief of Iraqi Police. While in Iraq, he sustained injuries to his back.

David H

David Huval

David Huval served as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division. He deployed to Iraq for 12 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During deployment, Huval was injured in an RPG attack while while on patrol in Baghdad. Huval has been with the NTWGA for four years, since going through the NTWGA clinic in 2015.

Ray G

Ray Griffis

Ray Griffiss served in the U.S. Army as a gunner on a MIA2 Main Battle Tank and later as a Cav Scout wit the 10th Mountain Division. He deployed to both Korea and Afghanistan. Griffiss transferred to NTWGA in 2016 after completing the American Golfer Program in 2014, while living in New York. His involvement with NTWGA has deepened his love for golf.

Robert Y

Robert Young

Robert served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in the infantry/ military police and has multiple deployments to Iraq. Robert is a Purple Heart recipient and a service-connected disabled veteran. Robert recently graduated from the 2018 NTWGA clinic.

Gilbert Ramón

Gilbert Ramón served 20 Years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Ramon served in Operation Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and as a Detachment Commander at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan. Ramón went through the 2017 NTWGA Clinic.

Andrew White

Andrew E. White fully retired from the US Army. He served in support of OIF, OEF, MFO, & ONE. Andrew has been with NTWGA since 2016, a graduate of the Golf Academy of America and service connected disabled veteran. White is currently a federal employee working as a recruiter.

NTWGA Advisors

Jason L

Jason Leap

Jason is a 10-year veteran of USAF Security Forces. He served in the Middle East during Gulf War I and also served a post 9-11 tour in Afghanistan. Jason is a service-connected disabled veteran. Jason is an accomplished golfer with college experience and as an amateur participant on the Nike Tour.

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Vincent "Vinnie" Buffa

Vincent Buffa is a PGA Professional in Flower Mound, TX and is the Director of Golf at Bridlewood Golf Club. . Since 2013, Vinnie has help teach, instruct, and help 85 NTWGA Warriors learn the game of golf. Vinnie has been instrumental in NTWGA’s success and we are honored to have him as a advisor to our team!

NTWGA is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is to provide therapeutic and rehabilitative golfing experiences to wounded veterans in the DFW metroplex.

North Texas Warrior Golf Association

PO Box 942147

Plano, TX 75074