First adaptive golf clinic comes to Aiken

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - For Gordon Simmons, getting around the golf course has never been easy.

"He was born with Cerebral Palsy," Dad Gary Simmons said. "Both legs were cut, realigned and a pin was put in his hips. They realigned his muscles"

But an Adaptive Golf Clinic at the First Tee of Aiken made it easier for him to practice Tuesday. Special golf carts equipped to turn and lift players who have trouble balancing were on hand.

"I forgot how much I missed this," Gordon said.

The Walton Foundation for Independence helps hosts the event and raises money through various fundraisers all year long to make the clinic happen. Associate Development Officer Alice Salley said the adaptive carts help wounded warriors, amputees, stroke victims and plenty of others get back on the links.

"We have adaptive carts for people with balance issues," Salley said. "You can play 18 holes of golf. It turns and lifts you up."

But Gary said it lifts much more than that. Seeing his son play golf again lifted his spirits.

"I'm beaming," Simmons said. "He's going to be out driving his old man now."

The Aiken Adaptive Golf Clinic will be offered every third Tuesday until October from 10a.m. to noon.

To sign up or to learn more, call the Walton Foundation for Independence at 706-826-5809.

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