132 golfers took to the tees at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg Monday, both amputees and non-amputees.
“Well that’s kinda neat, some people come over and talk, some stand and watch. I think it’s kinda neat because they can see amputees can do anything that they want to do," Jim Hunt, a quadrilateral amputee said, after discussing what it's like playing with non-amputees.
The competition between both amputees and non-amputees is closer than you thought.
“The amputees… 'Oh we play golf, this is not a big deal,' but the non-amputees watching the amputees go, ‘Wow I never knew that was possible,” or “Gosh these guys are pretty good golfers, I gotta step up my game,” Deborah Fenn said, who's in charge of public relations for the tournament.
Just ask non-amputee, Rick Heald, who's played in the tournament for several years.
“And last time I played, this guy shot an 80, and I had an 89 or 90 I think the last time.”
This year, 12 amputees played a round of 18. The tournament raised money to send child amputees to Camp No Limits, the tournament will send six-year-old Jackson DeLude, nine-year-old Malachi Taylor and 18-year-old Brianna Wicks who are all amputees, to Camp No Limits.
Money was also raised for a scholarship for amputees with college aspirations; Elizabeth Sparza, daughter of an amputee and Nicole Miller, a below-the-knee amputee.
“Really the only handicaps are on the scorecards, and not necessarily with the human beings paying golf,” Fenn said.