News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, October 28, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's not Masters season, but today, some got to play the golf tournament of a lifetime. It's a tournament that partners local community golfers with those who have disabilities and wouldn't normally be able to play.
It's a competition where you can find winners before the tournament even starts.
Today, the sound of teeing off is the sound of normal.
"I'm out having fun with everybody. Abled, disabled, it doesn't matter," Peter Goldberg said.
Goldberg was born with a birth defect that causes stiffness in his legs from the waist down. Usually he relies on a wheelchair to get around, but today, he gets a specially designed golf cart.
"I can swing up and stand me up and hold me in an upright position so I can get a natural swing," he described.
"They can't stand and walk like we can, but they can play every aspect of the course using an adaptive cart. They can go on the greens, they can hit from the tee box," community golfer Lee Wymbs said.
Wymbs is a physical therapist who's participated in the adaptive tournament every year.
"We have some players with one arm. We have some players with one leg, but they still can play the game," he said.
Each hole brings an opportunity to gain a new skill.
"They teach you different things like how to set up. It's kinda neat having a free lesson," Goldberg said.
The learning doesn't stop there. Even though it's a place where many spend time every day, throughout this tournament, the community golfers learn something, too.
"How not to let the little things in life bother you. It really humbles you to see some of the players and to work with them over time," Wymbs explained.
It's a tournament that turns an ordinary day for some into extraordinary.
"It's other people seeing you as an individual golfer not as a person with a disability," Goldberg said.
"It's those great shots. Sometimes they make one great shot and that lasts them pretty much a lifetime," Wymbs said smiling.
All the money raised from the tournament will go to the Walton Foundation so they can offer monthly adaptive golf clinics.