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the needs of golfers with disabilities is more than just the
right thing to do, it's good business."
an investment in golfers with disabilities is a hot new trend
in the business world. According to the 2002 census bureau report,
one in five U.S. residents has a disability. Thats about
18% of the U.S. population or 51.2 million people. More and more
people, such as inventors, designers and golf course owners,
are making an effort to address the needs of golfers with disabilities.
This tournament lets everyone have a lot of fun while raising
awareness of those issues.
Bay Country Club should be commended for being at the forefront
of this type of event. Accessibility for mobility challenged
golfers is considered "business as usual" at Kissimmee
Bay owner, Bill Stine, said to us, "Addressing the needs
of golfers with disabilities is more than just the right thing
to do, it's good business."
Peck, who is an Orlando resident, is an excellent golfer and
a double amputee with two prosthetic legs below the knees. He
is a member of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, and was
a technical advisor during the organization of the Inaugural
Florida Open Tournament For Golfers with Disabilities. His experience
in holding similar tournaments with the EAGA proved invaluable,
and was one of the main reasons the tournament was so successful.
distribution is a personal issue that every golfer must deal
with when swinging a golf club. For instance, the risk of slipping
and falling while attempting to hit from a side hill lie might
be an issue for a double amputee.
an interesting side-note, Peck told us that some of
Leagally blind, this skilled
golfer keeps his head down and lets his wife watch the ball for
him. He is a VietNam Vet that suffered a head injury from enemy
the amputee golf tournaments
that he has taken part in, feature several different awards for
players of different levels of disability. For instance, in some
amputee tournaments, playing from a wheelchair is not considered
a different award category than playing from an adaptive golf
cart. But because of the effect that leverage has on weight distribution,
a golfer that's an amputee below the knee (BK) is
considered to be in a different award category than a golfer
that's an amputee above the knee (AK).
Golf Club at Cypress Head, in Port Orange, Florida, sponsored
a golfer in the inaugural tournament."
was quite a wide array of golfers with different disabilities
represented at the Inaugural Florida Open Tournament For Golfers
with Disabilities. There were plenty of amputee golfers
from the EAGA and the NAGA, many of which wore prosthetics. But,
make no mistake; this tournament was not just for amputees. There
were also golfers that were mobility challenged from the effects
of such conditions as polio, stroke and paraplegia. There was
one golfer that was legally blind, and could only see the ball
when it was very close. He had a nice golf swing and was never
tempted to prematurely raise his head to look up, because he
could not see the flight of the ball. He had no problem playing
golf in the tournament though, because his wife also played in
the tournament and rode with him. She kept a keen eye on his
ball for him and he played quite well.
Golf Club at Cypress Head, an Arthur Hills designed municipal
course in Port Orange, Florida, should also be commended for
their part in sponsoring a golfer in the Inaugural Florida Open
Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities. When
asked about the company check that was used to pay the tournaments
fifty-dollar entry fee, Jim Sylvester, a stroke victim and an
avid golfer from Port Orange said, The folks that run the
Golf Club at Cypress Head are very conscientious of mobility
issues concerning seniors and golfers with disabilities. They
deserve recognition for sponsoring a player in the event.
The 2007 Florida Open for
Golfers with Disabilities
2nd Annual Florida Open for Golfers with Disabilities is already
scheduled for June 16th, 2007, at Kissimmee Bay Country Club.
So, if you are mobility challenged, or have a disability, or
just want to play golf in a fun tournament with a lot of nice
people, while raising awareness of accessibility issues concerning
golfers who are disabled and-or mobility challenged, view the
entry form at: www.floridagolfmagazine.com/open
or call this editor at 863-227-2751