Published: Oct 17, 2011 6:14 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 18, 2011 1:11 PM EDT


Amateurs usually do most of the work on habitat for humanity homes.

But now, the pros are getting involved-- the PGA pros that is.

They're known for swinging golf clubs, but this week, they'll be swinging hammers in an effort to get the home on Spruce Drive in San Carlos Park home move-in ready for one deserving family.

Volunteers are working around the clock for single father of four, Marcos Maldonado.

"Carpetting, woodwork, lighting, landscaping... It's not a complete new build. It was a remodel," explained South Florida PGA member Brian Peaper.

Golfers traded their putters for paint brushes and nearly 50 South Florida PGA pros have teamed up to get the job done.

"Our foundation board decided that we needed to do something in the community than just golf related," said South Florida PGA Treasurer Kevin Murphy. "It's time to give back. Time to help out through the game of golf."

The South Florida PGA Foundation donated $50 thousand to sponsor the home. But for them, it was important to match that money with manpower. 

"Golf pros in general are doers and givers and we like to be involved hands on," said Peaper. "It's important for us to be here first hand as opposed to just writing a check."

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties acquired the 3 bedroom 2 bathroom property on short sale.

Their efforts not only benefit the new homeowner; but also, the entire neighborhood.     

"We get a lot of homes on foreclosure," explained Nickole Hendra. "So this is a way to really revitalize the community."

Habitat calls this a "hand up, not a hand out" to families who deserve to own a home.
"I think it's a sense of pride," one volunteer said. "Hopefully the people see that and do something like this to their own home. It brings a sense of pride in the community. "

Volunteers will continue to work on the home throughout the week. There's a special dedication ceremony planned for the homeowner on Friday.

The homeowner had to complete 250 "sweat equity hours" and contribute $1,200 for closing costs before being eligible to qualify for a Habitat home. He also took several courses to prepare him for the responsibilities of home ownership. He qualified for a no-interest home loan in order to keep his family in the property for years to come.