Miracle On The Hudson – Surviving a Plane Crash for Golf

Here’s a pretty crazy story about one group of golfers who faced a near death experience while pursuing the amazing sport we all know and love.

On January 15th, 2009, a mixture of childhood friends and family; Dave Carlos, Rick Delisle, Jeff Kolodjay, his father Rob Kolodjay, Jorge Morgado and Jim Stefanik, who I’ve labeled the U.S. Airways 6 (Circa the Oceanic 6 from everyone’s favorite TV show, Lost) boarded a plane bound for Myrtle Beach for their annual golf trip.

Filled with excitement and thoughts of a week long adventure of golf, beer, camraderie, competition and good fun, the U.S. Airways 6 never considered what happened next.

Midflight, the plane ran into a flock of geese and after a heartpounding struggle, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 plunged into the Hudson River.

All 155 passengers of the flight survived due to the  skill of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who is the only pilot to ever successfully dump a commercial aircraft in water.

The survivors stood on the Airbus A320’s wings, framed by the New York City skyline serving as a backdrop on a brutally cold, winter day. The inauguration of a new president and the 24-hour news cycle make the months since the crash seem like an eternity for most people, but a man’s memory of facing his own mortality doesn’t fade as quickly.

Needless to say, the trip was postponed and all their gear was lost.  True to any golfer’s indomitable spirit, three months later, they were on their way back to Myrtle Beach, this time opting to drive.. 🙂

A crew from the new Golf Channel show, “Golf in America” filmed the group at True Blue and Heritage for a segment that will run at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. Despite the media attention, the group enjoyed a golf trip like so many others – razzing each other about bad shots, jokingly walking away as Carlos, the (self-proclaimed) worst golfer of the bunch, was about to tee off on a par 3, and enjoying life.

Here’s the link to the original article Miracle On the Hudson.


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