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April 25, 2005
April 25, 2005

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April 25, 2005

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  • Although Frank C. Ford Sr. was the progenitor of four generations of accomplished golfers, his mother, Anne (Sissie) Gaillard Hanahan Ford, was the family's oldest champion, and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker Ford, taught their sons the fundamentals of the game. Here's an accounting of the family's many championships.

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After being wounded in Iraq, a former Army lacrosse star returns to the field

In April 2003 Army lacrosse coach Jack Emmer's cellphone rang. It was former Black Knights captain John Fernandez, who'd been serving as a first lieutenant in the Iraq war. Fernandez, 27, was at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.; the day before his left foot and part of his right leg had been amputated, the result of a combat injury. Fernandez said to Emmer, "I'm going to come back and play in the alumni game."

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Fernandez, who needed four months to learn to walk with prosthetics, made good on his promise last fall, scoring a goal in the annual game between Emmer's current team and alumni. He was back again last Friday in Annapolis, in the inaugural Army-Navy Alumni Lacrosse Game. "I'm a bit out of shape," he says, "but glad I could get out there."

The event raised $110,000 for the Fallen Heroes Fund for families of soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq. Fernandez now lives on Long Island with his wife, Kristi, and their year-old daughter, Madison. He is studying to become a high school math teacher. "This is just something I have to deal with--you put your shoes on every day, I put on my legs," he says. "Don't give me any credit I don't deserve."

TWO COLOR PHOTOSPHIL HOFFMANN (FERNANDEZ AND FERNANDEZ PLAYING)DUTY CALLS Fernandez was one of 75 Army alums who took on Navy.