Kokkoris:”The enthusiasm of the athletes, the best reward we”

Costas Rooster, mayor and chairman of the Glyfada Golf Club, which closely follows the struggles Golf Special Olympics, speaking for the organization, said: “It is our great joy to host the Special Olympics. The facilities of the Golf is perfectly organized and ready for these races. From all we have gotten compliments. Greater joy for us that day by day we see the excitement in the eyes of athletes Special Olympics, to grow. “

The athlete of Hong Kong, Mr Yuen Ling Law, has achieved a stunning blow,

The athlete of Hong Kong, Mr Yuen Ling Law, has achieved a stunning blow, which succeeded for the first time in his involvement with golf and Special Olympics. Threw shot more than 190 feet into the hole 15!
Besides the athletes of the United States, Mr. Christopher Lussier, scored the best score for 9 holes with 38 hits.
The athlete Alejandro L. Battle of the Dominican Republic, managed a personal achievement. Mark birdie on hole 11, which is the best score so far in this hole!

Info Special Olympics Golf Sport

This guide is designed to help you become a better Golf coach.

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Introduction to Special Olympics Golf
Those who play the game of golf are driven to become better players by experience like hitting a tee shot flush one moment and missing a three foot putt the next. Each stroke motivates a golfer to continue the pursuit of better shots and lower scores. For players of any ability, the opportunity to compete provides the single most compelling reason to practice and improve. It stands to reason then, the more you play, the more you practice.

The strategic plan for Special Olympics Golf states that frequent high quality competition opportunities must be provided to stimulate and sustain athlete participation in the game. Special Olympics Golf strives to provide individuals with intellectual disability the opportunity to play and compete like any golfer. From 1995 to 1999 the number of Special Olympics Golfers in the United States doubled from 3,500 to 7,000. Currently there are approximately 8,000 golfers globally participating in 14 nations.

Special Olympics Golf depends on widespread community based support to identify thousands of volunteers, to serve as coaches, playing partners, tournament organizers, and general program administrators. Additionally, financial resources must be secured to sustain existing opportunities and fund program expansion.

The PGA of America (PGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have played a vital role in the development of the Special Olympics Golf program worldwide. Both have sustained the program since the sport was introduced in 1992 with grants from their foundations. Both organizations support worldwide development with links to other professional and amateur associations such as the British PGA and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland.

The Special Olympics Golf program strives to fulfill the mission and philosophy of the Special Olympics movement. It is a sport that can be enjoyed and played by all, regardless of age and ability. 

“The Game of Golf consists of playing a ball from a teeing ground into a hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules. It is one of the oldest sports in the world, and was originally played by the kings and noblemen on the sandy links in Scotland. Golf is now played by people of all ages in almost every country. Unlike most sports, you do not have to be big, strong, and fast or part of a team to be successful. Anyone — man, woman, young, old, amateur or professional can enjoy the game of golf.”

Attributes of Golf

  • Individualization: No special physique is required to hit a golf ball, so everyone is free to do it however he/she is able. The philosophy of “I intend to make it work” applies here.
  • Sociability: Each personality has needs of interacting and fellowship with others, and our game is particularly adaptable to this desire.
  • Mental Gymnastics: Performance of a physical skill brings great satisfaction to the individual. To some degree decision-making enters into the process, as a result, character building takes place. We must assure that our instructional periods create a sense of accomplishment that is necessity for everyone.
  • Sportsmanship and a Sense of Belonging: Everyone faces success or failure with each shot. The bad must be accepted along with the good. The need to exhibit self-discipline occurs many times. But remember! Golf is still a game, and should be enjoyed as such.

Acknowledgements
The Special Olympics Golf Coaches and Skills Guide is a resource tool designed to assist Sport Directors, Golf Coaches, Volunteers and Families. Special Olympics wishes to thank the professionals, volunteers and coaches who helped in the revision of this resource. Truly, they have helped fulfill the mission of Special Olympics to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Authorized by: Special Olympics Sports, 1133 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036 USA

Contributing Authors
Rick Burton, Special Olympics Golf Skills Guide author, PGA of America
Conrad Rehling, Special Olympics Golf Skills Guide author, Master Professional, PGA of America
Jim Schmutz, Managing Director-Special Olympics-North America
Eric Wilson, Special Olympics Golf Committee Chair, PGA of America
Donna H. White, Golf Manager, Special Olympics Inc., LPGA/PGA member
Dr. Dede Owens, LPGA Past President, author
Venisha Bowler, Competition Manager, Special Olympics Inc.
Annette Lynch, Special Olympics-Maryland
Wanda Durden, Director of Sports, Special Olympics Inc.
Dave Lenox, Vice-President of Sports and Competition, Special Olympics Inc.
Doug McCallister, Director of Publications
Sharon McDonagh, Web Content Manager
Paul Whichard, Sports Resources Web Manager, Special Olympics Inc.
Reuben Silva, GMS Manager, Special Olympics Inc.

Resource Consultants and Technical Assistants
Thank you to all Special Olympics Managing Directors, Regional Sport Directors, volunteers and families for your input.
Laura Bauwinkle, Physical Education teacher and High School Golf Coach
Ron Backus, Special Olympics-Palm Beach County Golf Coach, FL
Kitty Tierney, Special Olympics-Ireland
Tom Nesbit, Special Olympics-Scotland
Cheryll Wood, United States Golf Association, P.J. Boatwright intern
Mary-Lee Cobick, LPGA/Canadian PGA
Kellie Walls, Special Olympics Inc.

Special Olympics Golf Committee
Tom Addis, Past President PGA of America
Jeff Beaudry, PGA of America
Rick Burton, PGA of America
Monty Castevens, Executive Director-Special Olympics-Florida
Dr. Trey Holland, United States Golf Association
Dorothy Mastromonaco, United States Golf Association
Karen Moraghan, United States Golf Association
David Normand, PGA of America
Frank Selva, PGA of America
Marty Sheets, Special Olympics Athlete
Dave Sheets, Special Olympics Family
Henry Thrower, PGA of America
Eric Wilson, PGA of America

Video Production
Denise Jakows, Jakows Productions, Inc.
Bob Gural, Videographer, Editor
Jamie Choban, Special Olympics Florida Athlete
Matt Reiman, Special Olympics Florida Athlete
Wayne Reiman, Special Olympics Florida Athlete
Brooks Koepka, Special Olympics Volunteer
Nichole Johnson, LPGA Apprentice
Brian Vaisnoras, PGA Professional

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