AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Walton Foundation makes it possible to play golf with a disability or limited mobility, through their Adaptive Golf Clinic. The free clinics are for people who are dealing with acute illnesses or injuries, like brain injuries, limited mobility and even spinal cord injuries.
Taking a swing at life through injuries and challenges.That’s what many of these players are doing through the Walton Foundations Adaptive Golf program.
Krishna Goel says coming to first tee to play golf is her favorite activity, “because this way I can get the fresh air and I can get my exercise too.”
She also has a leg injury and needs a walker to get around. The golfers a part of this clinic face some sort of illness, injury or life-changing challenge. Joe Smith and Paul Stanton are both military veterans.
“This is my first time out here, and I love the game, fell in love with it in ’94, stopped playing for about seven years and now i’m back at it, and I tell you what I really enjoy it,” Stanton said.
They find making a connection with nature and others therapeutic.
“It will help you trust me, it brought me back to a state to where i feel better about myself,” Smith said.
The Walton Foundation started the adaptive golf program in 2002, for people who faced life-changing or acute illnesses or injuries.
“We had nothing–no clubs, no golf carts, no anything and we got through that year,” said Larry Colet.
Colet connected with the adaptive golf program in 2003. He would eventually loose both of his legs.
“Well you know, it’s not any fun not having any legs, but if you get out and see people you will soon find out that there are a lot of people out there a lot worse out than you are,” Colet said.
Adaptive Golf is helping people get back on course no matter their challenge.
The Walton Foundation offers a free monthly adaptive golf clinic in Augusta and Aiken. The sessions are for beginners and longtime golfers with disabilities, ages 15 and older.
Adaptive golf clinics are held every second Tuesday from March to October from 10 a.m. to noon at The First Tee of Augusta, 3165 Damascus Rd., Augusta, Ga.
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- April 12
- May 10
- June 14
- July 12
- August 9
- September 13
- October 11
*NEW* Aiken Adaptive Golf Clinic
Adaptive golf clinics are held every third Tuesday from March to October from 10 a.m. to noon at The First Tee of Aiken, 901 Houndslake Dr., Aiken, S.C.
- March 15
- April 19
- May 17
- June 21
- July 19
- August 16
- September 20