We are Golfers!

By: Golf Die Hard

A few weeks back on my blog,??I discussed the recent passing of Benji Hogan, famed companion of Dennis Walters.? Dennis is a disabled?golfer who continues to play the game he loves despite losing his ability to walk many years ago.? Dennis found new ways to play and has inspired countless people to do what many believed was improbable, play golf.? I?view golf?as a?game which enables anyone to challenge themselves each time they tee up.

The recent GolfWorld article, "Recovery Shots" by Leonard Shapiro, discusses how wounded veterans are playing the game with the use of prosthetics, mental strength and sheer determination.? I cannot underscore how much I enjoyed reading the stories of our heroes from war,?who have?found a renewed?zest for living and?some peace in golf.

In golf, we use the term "handicap" to tell someone our playing ability.? The word "disabled" has replaced the word "handicapped" when we are referring to someone with an impairment, relative to the standard.? The?irony is golf has become a game in which virtually anyone can play regardless?of their disability.? The game actually enables people to compete or play without limits.? A birdie is always a birdie no matter who gets one.

The USGA, PGA and LPGA have been very proactive in providing funds to support programs which encourage disabled persons to play golf or continue to improve their abilities.

The next time you tee it up?and having a frustrating day on the links, remember some fellow golfers are truly thankful they are out there with you.? Be thankful as well!

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