Deaf golfer defying expectations

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

Golf is known as a quiet game. But for Kevin Hall, it's silent. You see, Kevin has been deaf since age 3 after a bout with meningitis. But that's not stopping him one bit.

"Being out here and playing is a blessing," said Hall. "It's great because you play against all the good players and get the chance to develop your game and develop your mind."

Kevin travels all across the country, playing in tournaments like this week's Hooters Tour event in Augusta. Each week, his goal is to get better and each week, his dad Percy is there with him, every step of the way.

"I'm very happy to have my father on my bag. If I listen, I do well most of the time."

At 26 years old, Kevin has already accomplished a lot in his career. He became the first black man to receive a golf scholarship to Ohio State and helped lead his team to a Big Ten title. The Cincinnati native has also had the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.

"It's a blessing to have that experience playing golf with them. Seeing how they play the game, how they prepare, and how good of a heart they have. That's why they're winners."

Despite already defying the expectations of many, Kevin isn't done yet. He has his sights set on playing on the PGA Tour, something that can only be done by getting through qualifying school.

If you don't play good, your dream is on hold for another year. You have to learn how to put that pressure aside and just play."

And that's exactly what Kevin keeps doing, with a positive attitude and a belief that he can help other deaf people achieve their dreams.

"The more I get to talk about my story, the more deaf people get to see it. It motivates them and inspires them."


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