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A special day at the Open

L-R Christian Hamilton, Steve Wheeler, Nick Lorenz, Mathew Wheeler and Rex Lanthorne AM
L-R Christian Hamilton, Steve Wheeler, Nick Lorenz, Mathew Wheeler and Rex Lanthorne AM

Athletes from Special Olympics Australia and Deaf Golf Australia participated in a massive day of golf, finishing at the Emirates Australian Open.

Starting at Moore Park Golf Complex, participants had the opportunity to fine tune their games at under the watchful eye of the latest group of PGA professionals completing the two-day PGA All Abilities Coach Accreditation today.

“This is a great opportunity for our group of athletes to get involved and work on their games before the Special Olympics National Games in April next year,” explained Rex Langthorne AM, Special Olympics Golf Coordinator- NSW.

“To give our athletes a day where they get to participate in a clinic, have a Q&A session with the coaches over lunch and then be watching the best players compete in the Emirates Australian Open is just a fantastic experience.” Langthorne added.
 

Nick Lorenz coached by Rodney Booth
Nick Lorenz an athlete from Special Olympics under the watchful eye of PGA all Abilities Coach Rodney Booth, Tocumwal Golf Club (Vic)

Equally for Deaf Golf Australia, the day was a great opportunity for athletes to have a tournament experience as the group prepares for the World Deaf Golf Championships in 2018.

“The day enabled Deaf Golf Australia to build relationships with coaches and facilities and grow participation at grass roots level,” said Geoff Read from Deaf Golf Australia.

To see the coaches, adapt their communication and develop an understanding of deaf and hard of hearing golfers was fantastic.” Read added.

The PGA All Abilities Coach Accreditation has been developed in partnership with the PGA of Australia and Golf Australia. To find a PGA All Abilities Coach visit golf.org.au/inclusion.


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