Steve Shipuleski 2010, 13, 16, 17
4-Time Winner, Steve Shipuleski, from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, won the open tournament in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
Virgil Price 2006
Virgil Price, a St Petersburg resident and former Treasurer of the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA), dominated the inaugural tournament in 2006, winning 1st Place overall, scoring a gross 72 on the challenging 18 holes at Kissimmee Bay.
Monroe Berkman 2007
Tampa resident, Monroe Berkman, a polio survivor, won the 2007 Florida Open Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities, playing every shot, including sandtraps from his SoloRider Adaptive Golfcar. Berkman, who shot 80 had no problems hitting out of the bunkers using his stand-up seat to support him during his full golf swing.
Ian Halliwel 2009
Stroke survivor, Ian Halliwel came all the way from England and shot a 74 to win 1st Place Low Gross in the 2009 Florida Open Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities and/ or Mobility Challenges. Now his name is also inscribed on the prestigious Open tournament trophy.
Dale Dawson 2011
Dale Dawson, a 47 year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident who suffers from debilitating tremors shot a gross 71 to win the 2011 Open Tournament.
Kevin Slucher 2012
Kevin Slucher, a disabled veteran from New Smyrna Beach shot a gross 74 to win the 2012 Open Tournament.
Steve Allberry 2014
Playing with a beautiful cross handed grip, Tampa resident Steve Allberry was the #1, Low Gross, tournament winner of the 9th Annual Florida Open for Golfers with Disabilities in 2014.
Gary Hooks 2015
2015 Champion and former Remax Long-drive competior, New Smyrna Beach resident Gary Hooks played with an eight handicap and shot one over par winning the Low Gross award.
Golf is the culmination of mind and body integration and significant improvement as a result of participation in the game demonstrates determination, patience, and growth as a person.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor Charles M. Brugh, who has competed in this tournament numerous times, told us, The neurological, psychological and physical benefits of golf are precisely why GOLF is a cornerstone of my extended efforts to conquer Traumatic Brain Injury.
I consider GOLF the equivalent of graduate study in neurological rehabilitation at a prestigious university, he said. Its just that good. I implore my fellow survivors of brain injury to pick up a club and smack that little white ball around. From much personal experience, it is with absolute certainty that I tell you: Golf is positive and meaningful as a therapeutic modality! Done consistently, as part of an overall therapeutic regime, GOLF will greatly enhance both your rehabilitation and your life.
If you would like to help raise awareness of accessibility issues concerning golfers with disabilities, come play in our open tournament. - see floridagolfmagazine.com/open or call 863-227-2751
There truly is something about golf that brings out the best in a person, and nowhere is this made more evident than at the Florida Open for Golfers with Disabilities and/or Mobility Challenges.