Florida Open For Golfers With Disabilities

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2018 Winner, Kenny Botz Shoots 68 at Long Marsh

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The 2019 Florida Open Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities and-or Mobility Challenges is being held Sat. Oct. 12, 2019, 1pm at Long Marsh Golf Club, located at 20 White Marsh Road, Rotonda West, Florida 33947, 941-698-0918

If you would like to have fun playing golf, while raising awareness of accessibility issues concerning golfers with disabilities and/or mobility challenges, the 13th Annual Florida Open Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities and/or Mobility Challenges will be held at 1pm, on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Long Marsh Golf Club in Rotonda West, Florida. For tournament details call the tournament director, Joe Stine at 863-227-2751 or 863-294-2621 or email at joestine@floridagolfmagazine.com

Long Marsh Golf ClubThe 27-hole Long Marsh Golf Club is comprised of three nine-hole courses; Long Meadow, White Marsh, and Pine Valley. Designed by Ted McAnlis, the Long Marsh golf course opened in 1999.

Long Marsh is the newest of Rotonda Golf & Country Clubs five courses and also encompasses the largest area. At Long Marsh there are 27 holes throughout 750 acres of environmentally protected wetlands and woodlands. Read about Rotonda G&CC

Florida Open Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities

You and your friends are cordially invited to play in the 14th Annual Florida Open Tournament For Golfers with Disabilities and/or Mobility Challenges on Oct. 12, 2019.

$50 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, range balls, & Award Banquet. Save your spot in the open tournament by pre-registering online or call 863-227-2751 and let us know you're coming! Pre-registering is free. We will save a spot in the open tournament for everyone who pre-registers.

Sponsored by Florida Golf Magazine, and also supported by NAAG, PGA, USICD, EAGA, NAGA, the Judy Alvarez Golf Academy, the Adaptive Golf Association, and the Adaptive Golf Academy. "Our goal is to have fun while raising awareness of accessibility issues concerning golfers with disabilities and-or mobility challenges."

In a conscious effort to be all-inclusive, golfers without disabilities are also always encouraged to play in the open tournament, along with their friends with disabilities. Players will compete for the Low Gross Awards, and everyone with a USGA Handicap is eligible to compete in the Low Net Award categories.

As always the player with the lowest gross score gets the honor of having their name inscribed on the permanent open tournament trophy.

Though all the players are most certainly winners, listed here are the past Open Tournament Champions so far.

Kenny Botz, 2018 Champion

Kenny Botz

Playing with a scratch handicap, 2018 Tournament Champion, Kenny Botz shot Low Gross 68 to win the 2018 Florida Open Tournament For Golfers With Disabilities and-or Mobility Challenges.

Steve Shipuleski 2010, 13, 16, 17

Steve Shipuleski

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

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.

Mike Hudson 2008

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson shot a 75 to win 1st place Overall in the 3rd Annual Florida Open Tournament for Golfers with Disabilities and/or Mobility Challenges held on 7/14/2008. Born with one hand, Mike Hudson is a Volunteer Golf Instructor in Pasco County.

Monroe Berkman 2007

Monroe Berkman

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

Ian Halliwell

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

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

Kevin Slucher, a disabled veteran from New Smyrna Beach shot a gross 74 to win the 2012 Open Tournament.

Steve Allberry 2014

Steve Allberry

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

Gary Hooks

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.


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