April 6, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Masters isn't the only golf tournament in town this week. The Walton Foundation Adaptive Golf Challenge was held today on the Augusta Municipal Golf Course. It's a tournament for golfers with disabilities.
Some can't walk, others are missing limbs, and some are even blind. But they all love the game of golf, and they're all inspiring.
"You're not handicapped. You're handi-capable," said golfer Floyd Stukes. "Because whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish it."
"These folks don't get to play all the time so this tournament gives them an opportunity to play golf like everybody else," said organizer Vicki Greene.
"When I first got injured in '93, there wasn't many people playing golf, but it's come a long ways," said participant Phil Copeland.
"Today is really special because it gets so many able-bodied players out to appreciate what the adaptive players go through just to be able to play the game," said organizer Leslie Glass.
Before the tournament started, the golfers got some tips from Fuzzy Zoeller, who won the Masters 30 years ago.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver helped kick off the event by proclaiming the day Fuzzy Zoeller Day in Augusta.