Meet the Competitors, Stars & Champions

Dana Shealey

My name is Dana Shealey (DeOcampo) and I am a below knee amputee (2008).  I grew up in a household where golf and sports was life. My grandparents bought me my first set of golf clubs when I was 5. When I was younger, I did not have the patience for golf but as I got older and in High School, it's the best memories I have spending time with my grandpa. From High School I have always played using his clubs (the theory of "if its Pops' its gatta be great).  Since my grandpa (Donald Pitman) became home bound from health complications (2006), I have not touched his clubs as it wasn't going to be the same with out him with me. It wasn't until I had shoulder surgery that I picked up his clubs but for light rehab purposes at a driving range in 2016 for a few times and then put them back in the house. Fast-forward to now, I was on Facebook and saw a post in an amputee page about The ParaLong Drive Cup. I asked Dean questions and here we are signed up for my first competition Sept 29, 2018.

POST AMPUTATION Powerlifting Accomplishments:

  • First amputee to total 1306 and obtain an Elite total.
  • First amputee to squat 500lbs
  • 407lb bench press 
  • 2011 SPF Women's Pro/Am heavyweight winner
  • Holds state records in the open division in several federations
  • Nationally Ranked in Top 15 Womens Open super heavyweight abled bodied athletes 

POST AMPUTATION Strongman/Woman Accomplishments:

  • First amputee female to be a member and compete in the North American Strongman Association 
  • 3rd place in Abled bodied Women's open division Lancaster, Pa
  • Won the last woman standing. deadlift event with a 500lb deadlift
  • 2018 Won the Arnold Classic Disabled Strongman/womam Women's Standing division

Chris Osborne

Chris Osborne our current Above Knee Amputee Paralongdrive record holder (332 yards set in 2014) lost his leg in 2004 following a hit-and-run accident while riding his motorcycle in Birmingham, Alabama.  Chris was an on-air reporter and anchor with the ABC affiliate in Birmingham when the accident occurred, making his recovery a very public experience. Chris attributes his speedy rehab and “can-do” outlook to his faith in God, family and a strong support system of friends as well as the thousands of viewers who showed concern.  “I pride myself in never asking God why, but just following his plan for my life”, said Osborne.

Originally from Morristown, Tennessee, Chris worked more than 19 years in radio and TV around the country, later transitioning to Public Affairs with the American Red Cross where he was a member of the national spokesperson team handling media outlets including CNN, BBC, NBC and others following disasters like Hurricane Sandy for nearly a decade.  Chris is now the Public Relations Manager for the Jefferson County Department of Health in Birmingham. 

Chris is active in the media and men’s ministries at Living Stones Temple, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Tennessee State University Alumni Association, and other civic organizations. Chris still enjoys riding his motorcycle, hunting, and of course golfing. Chris has competed in Regional and National Amputee Golf Championships since 2010 and played host to the NAGA Championship in 2015.

Chris has lived in Birmingham since 1996. He is married to his wife Tiffany and they have an eight-year old son William Jr. and seven-year old daughter, Olivia Grace. Everyone in the family plays and enjoys golf.

Reinard Schuhknecht

I am 23 years of age and golf is my passion in life, not only to play the game myself but also to watch the game live or on TV !!!!

*The biggest “odds” that he has ever overcome - “I AM ALIVE”. Humanly spoken – I could not survive the accident, but I did and that only means that miracles still do happen today.
*I wasn’t born with a disability, I became disabled when I was 14 years of age.
On the 26 September 2006 during the school holiday , I visited a friend and we jumped from a roof into their swimming pool. I can‘t remember what happened at that time but the building was close to high voltage wires and I was electrocuted by 11 000volts. My right hand was badly burnt and I had several wounds on my body as well as my feet where the current left my body. After spending 21 days in ICU and a total of 63 days in hospital and the rehabilitation hospital, I came home with my right arm above my elbow amputated.
*I am still living with my parents and I have a brother 4 years my senior.
*As a disabled person I will always have challenges. My biggest challenge is to do things I have done before I became disabled as good as I have done it. I feel I must see them as challenges and not as a disadvantage. I was dominant right handed and I had to learn to write with my left hand when I went back to school the January after my accident.  I must also try new thing and achieve my set goals – for example I used to play golf on a casual basis before my accident (+- once in 2-3 months), but during my stay in hospital I decided that I want to play golf and I want to be good at it. I am still riding my quad bike after my father made a small conversion by putting my throttle and clutch on the left hand side. People don’t treat me different – I don’t give them a chance.

Some of my best achievements :

  • Take part in  Quantum Driving  “Longest Drive” Competition at Kimiad Driving Range on the 15 Aug 2010
  • Achieves 1st Place in the u/21 division with a winning distance of 356m. I were the only disabled player in the field.
  • Qualifies for the SA U/21 team to take part in the” World Long Drive Championship Series” that was held at       Cinnamon Hill Golf Course - Montego Bay,  Jamaica from 23-24 Sept 2010.

        Went through to second round with a distance of 413.4yard (+-372m). My personal best, and the only disabled player in the Championship.

  • July 2014 – Took part in my second  “One arm World Championship “ held at Seaford CC – Sussex ,  England  and was crowned “ One Arm World Champion “ after winning in the final round Match play  on the 19th hole.
  • Take part in the SA Wakeboard Championships held at Milnerton in Cape Town where I achieved 5th place in the novice class, the only disabled participant at the championship
  • Qualified during the One Arm World Championships for the “Fightmasters” – Fightmasters is the “Ryder Cup” for the One armed Golfers- I qualified because I have a dual Citizenship because my Grandfather is German and I could play for the European Team.   Our Team - Europe won the American Team 21 -7. This was one of the highlights of my golfing career.
  • Played in the Nedbank Golf Challenge – Pro Am  held at Sun City during the first week of December 2014 –played with Shane Lowry –(Pro) from Ireland

*     Defended my title successful - as “One Arm World Champion” in Ireland During week of 15-19 June 2015 –but this year Reinard won the Stroke play as well as the Match play division- DOUBLE Champion!
* From Ireland Reinard went to Louisville Kentucky –USA to participate in my first North America One Arm Championship and Reinard ended second in both the Stroke play and Match play division.

I am not only a keen Golfer but I also do WaterSkiing, Wakeboarding, Quad biking and scuba diving and anything else you dare me to do !!!!!

Brendon Jacks

Brendon was raised in a small south eastern border town in Arizona. At 7 years old he started playing golf with his father.  Something they both enjoyed together along with the outdoors. Naturally athletic he started baseball like most young boys and wasn’t very good at it, until adolescence that is, and then he became an all-star. A prized pitcher with a wicked fast ball clocked at 93 mph as a 16 years old junior in high school.  The future was looking bright, he had natural talent for the game and the scouts were taking notice.  They were watching him and the path was being paved. However, as many kids do “the stuff kids do”, Brendon was much deeper into “stuff” than anyone really knew. Brendon had gotten badly involved in drugs and alcohol. Thinking nothing of I,  that it would never really be an issue and certainly not one that would ruin the future he was striving for in baseball. But it did. At 17 years old, one evening, Brendon was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and in a series of events one December night, a struggle for a 12 gauge shotgun ensued, the gun discharged on Brendon’s left upper thigh. Hitting his femoral artery causing Brendon to lose 2/3 of his blood supply. Flown to a major hospital in Tucson AZ, a number of surgeries were done in an attempt to save his life and leg. His future in the sport was gone. Months later Brendon went through months of rehab for his wound as well as rehab for his addictions. During his stay in an inpatient facility for substance abuse Brendon got sick.  His leg was not healing, and  was making him septic. Almost a year to the date of the original accident a decision was made to make the amputation. A month later, Brendon was getting a prosthetic, and graduating from rehab. Within weeks of him getting a spec leg his dad came to visit with his “sticks” and a love was rekindled. Golf. He was good at it, great at it, and it was going to take the place of baseball. He traveled and played in many golf tournaments, played on crutches when his leg was “sore” and still hit a drive on one leg that was longer than the guys with 2 legs. People enjoy watching him play.  He’s a natural and has always had power behind his swing. Recently at a home skins game, he was approached about long drive, and on a trip to Phoenix he dropped in at Krank golf where Vinny and Lance put him in a simulator and were impressed. The leg was never an issue.  He does, he goes, he hits, he plays as good, and can enjoy the win or loss, if not better than the un- amputated players because every time he stands up and walks on a course and sets up to T-off, he knows he is blessed to be alive.  The air smells better, the flowers look brighter, and everything is much more enjoyable. Within two weeks of entering Lance Readers simulator Brendon went to a qualifier and hit a 399 yard drive. Clean and sober for 13 years this December, he is a success story. He attributes his success in recovery to his wife and children. He is truly blessed with a wonderful lfamily, Brendon has been married now for 10 years and children are 7 and 3. He beat the odds and his story amazes people. Does he wish his amputation was due to something other than his addiction, No. His story can help others get clean. His story can inspire and does inspire.

Kenny Green

Kenny Green got the golf bug by caddying for his dad at a local municipal course in Clarksville, Tennessee at the age of 12. His golf career blossomed into being the number one player on his high school team his junior and senior year. After high school he got the opportunity be a walk on player for the Middle Tennessee State University Golf Team as a sophomore, earn a scholarship after that year, and went on to lead the team in scoring his senior year. His connection with amputee golf started in 2002 when he learned that the National Amputee Golf Championship was going to be in his home state of Tennessee. He was successful in winning that year and went on to take the title the next 4 years. On top of those national titles he has won several regional championships and the 2004 Canadian Amputee Championship.

Kenny decided to take his involvement with amputee golf to the next level and is currently serving as Executive Director for the National Amputee Golf Association.  He currently lives in Smyrna, TN with his wife Christie Green, his son Aiden, and is expecting his second son Myles in September.

Josh Williams

Josh Williams is the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Canadian Amputee Champion, the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Amputee Champion and a professional club fitter. He lost his leg at age 6 in an unfortunate boating accident.  Determined to not let the accident stand in his way Josh went on to excel in several sports including baseball, basketball, golf and track.

At age 12 Josh won the Ontario Junior Amputee 100m and 200m.  The following year he became the Canadian Junior Amputee Champion in both the 100m and 200m. In 1999 at age 14 Josh finished 5th in the men’s 200m and 6th in the men’s 100m at World Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain.  That made Josh the top ranked Junior Amputee sprinter in the World and his times qualified him for the 2000 Paralympic games in Sydney, Australia.   Josh was passed up for a spot on the 2000 Canadian Paralympic team and that lead to him retiring from track and field 2001.

Josh started playing golf in 2001 and he was quickly hooked for life.  He competed in several amputee golf tournaments from 2001 to 2006 but was never pleased with the way he performed under pressure.  Deciding not to compete in 2007 and 2008 he began practicing very diligently and became a student of the game.  In 2009 Josh proved to himself and everyone that he could be one of the best amputee players by winning the Ontario Amputee Championship and finishing 3rd at Canadian Amputee Championship.  In 2010 Josh finished 3rd at the Canadian Championships and 7th at U.S. Championship as well as winning the Below Knee division at both events.  2011 Josh won his first national title in Montreal, Quebec winning the Canadian Amputee Championship.  The following year in 2012 Josh successfully defended his title in Woodstock, Ontario finishing with a 3 day total of 212(-1) and winning the Canadian Championship by 14 shots.  Later that year Josh shot 69-74 (-1) for 2 days which was enough to win the U.S. title in Indianapolis, Indiana by 4 shots.

2013 will be an exciting year for Josh.  He will try to defend both his titles as well as take his game overseas in October to compete in The Japanese Disabled Golf Open.  Josh is very excited to compete in the U.S. Amputee Long Drive Championship and is attempting to qualify for the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and Mid-Amateur as well as a WEB.COM event and some other mini-tour events.  Josh has also taken a position as a professional club fitter for the Golf Performance Center at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.

Dr. Lucian Newman, III

Dr. Lucian Newman III is a practicing general surgeon in Gadsden Alabama. Born 12/20/1961 in Birmingham. His family has been in the continuous practice of medicine for 115 years. He lost his left arm above the elbow in a hunting accident in 2005. He has played competetivie golf since he was 8 years old. He was awarded All State in his junior and senior year in football. Prior to his accident , he won his club championship 7 times , finished in the top ten of the Alabama State Amateur , and won numerous other tournaments as a junior and adult golfer. He has played in the National Amputee tournament since 2007 winning the arm amputee division 6 times , the national Senior overall title the last 2 years , and represented the US team in the International cup competition each of the last 6 years. This year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Etowah County where he resides.

Tim Herrmann

My name is Tim Herrmann and I am a 23 year old below the knee amputee from Belle Plaine, Minnesota. I have been golfing since the age of 4 and am currently a member of the Augsburg College golf team where I am double majoring in finance and economics. I got involved in amputee golf tournaments in 2009 playing in the National Championships in New Hampshire. After taking a couple of years off for school, I am back involved, participating in the last 2 National Championships. Before being approached about this in Lincoln, Nebraska, the sport of long drive had never really crossed my mind. I am excited for the opportunity and it should be a lot of fun.

Alan Gentry

Alan was born and raised in Louisville, and was a multi-sport athlete growing up, including the #1 golfer in his high school, and ranked #2 in the city of Louisville his senior year. He bypassed the opportunity to play golf in college and obtained a Bachelor's degree at the University of Louisville, going on to work as a Mineral Exploration Geologist in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana before moving back home and becoming an Environmental Hydrogeologist in Louisville. He continued his passion for sports by playing basketball, softball, flag football and golf in his spare time. In 1993, at age 28, he was involved in a work accident, losing his dominant right arm to a drill rig.

After recovering from his injury, he returned to work, later starting his own Real Estate Investment business in 1998, and continued to be active in various sports, competing as a one-armed athlete. Although he had many accomplishments as an excellent young junior golfer growing up, those after becoming a one-armed player later are definitely his most cherished.

He began playing golf one-handed just months after his amputation, and hasn't looked back, winning numerous amputee and one-armed tournaments and long-driving competitions over the last 20 years at the regional, national, and international level, while lowering his golf handicap to 7. He's participated on several American teams in the Robinson Cup and Fightmaster Cup, the Ryder Cups of Amputee and One-Armed Golf, respectively. He is the founder of the North American One-Armed Golfer Association and the Fightmaster Cup.

Regarding Long Drive, Alan is the National & International defending One-Armed Long Driving Champion, hitting it 272 yards one-handed in this year's National Championship in Loudon, Tennessee, and 292 yards at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland to capture the crown at the World One-Armed Championship in 2012.

Jared Brentz

Jared Brentz is a 24 year old Knoxville, Tennessee native who currently lives and works in the Nashville area. He is a twin and was born with arthrogryposis and club feet. After three prior surgeries, Jared personally made the decision at age 12 to amputate both feet after being advised by his doctor that he was a good candidate for the surgery and after being counseled by his minister. After recovering from below the knee bi-lateral amputation of the lower extremities just shy of his 13th birthday, Jared went on to compete on his middle school golf team as the #1 golfer his 8th grade year during which his team won the district title. In high school, he was a four year lettermen in both golf and wrestling, and as a senior helped his golf team capture the district runner up title and was named All District. In addition, he lead the district in the longest drive stat per 18 holes by averaging over 300 yards per drive. Jared was also an accomplished wrestler and won the JV regional title as a sophomore and missed going to the state tournament his junior year by only two points and was recognized as the Tennessee Titan's Athlete of the Week. Jared won the inaugural Amputee Long Drive Championship at Tennessee National Golf Club hitting with an Adams Speedline Ls. In addition, Jared also had the longest drive of the day at 367 yards. He is looking forward to finding out just how far he can hit it at the "Home of Long Drive" at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex. Jared is now using the Krank Formula 5 Driver and has been working with PGA Instructor Jeff Page at Nashboro Golf Club. Jared earned his Associates of Science degree from Pellissippi State Community College and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and a minor in Criminology from Middle Tennessee State University. Jared currently works for US Security Associates where he is a Captain and site manager for multiple locations. He is a member of the Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville and enjoys weight lifting, following sports, as well as spending time on the golf course and with family and friends.

Bobby Baca

I have been playing competitive golf for 9 years and have a current GHIN handicap of 8.1 after 62 rounds of golf this year. I could of started playing golf earlier, but I thought you had to have 2-hands to play.

When I was 40 years old, I was on a hunting trip with my father and we were not having much luck so we decided to come down from the mountain and we passed a golf course. He asked if I wanted to try it and I said no, but I can drive the cart. While he was playing I started holding a club and took a few practice swings and put it back in the bag. After the round was over, I asked if I could go to the driving range and try to hit some balls with his clubs - no problem he said. I dropped him off at the club house and I went by myself to the driving range. I started with a 9-iron and was able to get the ball into the air, but not very far. I kept hitting ball after ball and started hitting them further and further - I was hooked.

I realized that you can play golf one-handed, and even play great golf!

Gary Hooks
Gary Hooks, winner of the 14th National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) National Seniors Invitational Championship April 11-12, in Tampa, Florida, is a guy who loves life. And losing a leg below the knee in 1969 didn't change that. Only 16 at the time, Gary was on his high school basketball and baseball teams. Six months later, he made the baseball team again. "I was a pitcher, so I didn't have to do much running," he said. "At that time, we had hard sockets, 16-18 plies of socks, and waist belts--it was painful to run. Now with gel liners and such, it's not a big deal--but there wasn't the technology back then."

Gary also made medical history. He was the first person to successfully undergo a pure oxygen treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, a procedure which saved his knee. As he was riding with his parents in a pickup in Virginia, an accident nearly cost him his entire leg. In the accident, a tractor-trailer ran them off the road, then smashed into the side of the pickup, driving a tree through the door where Gary's legs were supposed to be. It took rescuers four hours to extricate Gary from the truck. He lost quite a bit of blood and stopped breathing a couple of times on the way to the hospital. It took two days for his condition to stabilize. By then, gaseous gangrene had spread to his hip, and an orthopedic surgeon wanted to perform a hip disarticulation. Although his father had suffered a concussion, he was able to plead with the doctors to save Gary's knee if possible. (His mother was more severely injured, but both parents later recovered.)

Gary was then taken to Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, where he underwent the hyperbaric treatment. His leg was amputated about four and one-half inches below the knee and the wound was left wide open with drains installed. Twice a day for five days, two hours at a time, Gary had a plastic bag taped over his head and chest and breathed pure oxygen. The oxygen treatment drove the gangrene out the distal end of his residual limb, thus saving the knee. "Back then, it was radical; now it's a common practice," Gary said.

Dan Aldrich

Dan Aldrich was injured two weeks prior to his High School graduation in 1986. He was a competitive water ski racer and was on the US National Team when he crashed going 100 mph. He avulsed all five of his brachial plexus nerves, resulting in a completely paralyzed left arm. An avid athlete, his injury did not slow him down, he was playing golf within a month of his accident, snow skiing within five months and water skiing the next year. He hasn't focused his attention to one sport to compete competitively, instead has just enjoyed doing all sports since his injury. He does triathlons, endurance bicycling, water skiing and competes in the North American and World One Armed Golf Championships. He is involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps people with disabilities become athletic. Dan is married to Nedda, has a daughter, Jordan and a son, Caleb and is the Owner and President of Aldrich Wealth Management Group.

Brad Clayton

Brad Clayton is classified as a PGA of America Master Teaching Professional. He teaches in Beaufort South Carolina at The Sanctuary Golf Club, The Golf Zone Learning Center in Oxford, North Carolina, Indian Valley Golf Course in Burlington, NC, and in Raleigh, North Carolina. With over twenty six years of teaching experience, he has instructed in Germany, Austria, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

His playing career led him to compete with moderate success throughout the United States, Europe, and in Canada. After the birth of his first child, Nickolas, and later his second, Winona, he decided that being on the road was not quite what it once was. As a result, he decided to dedicate his time to his family, helping others improve their golf games, and to the pursuit of becoming the most efficient teacher possible.

Brad strives each day to improve himself as a teacher, through constant reading, writing, video viewing, swing analyzing, seminars, and peer interaction, realizing long ago that one can not ever know it all and there is always something new to learn. He takes the results his students achieve personally, feeling their highs and lows and has a genuine interest in their success.

Throughout Brad's career, he has had the great fortune of learning directly from some of the games great golf professionals: Al Nelson, Naples Florida; Wimpy Caldwell, deceased; Ed Ibarguen, Durham, North Carolina; Volker Knornsheld, Tegernsee, Germany; David Leadbetter, Orlando Florida; Bill Lytton, Pinehurst, North Carolina; Bill Strausbaugh, deceased, and Dick Tiddy, deceased. There have been many others, professional and amateur alike, who have influenced him throughout the years. To name them all would almost be impossible, but he is forever grateful for the time with each person.

Brad has four components he goes by to help students become the best they can be. They are: swing mechanics, the mental side of the game {including course management}, physical abilities and limitations, and the equipment used. When any of the four components is lacking, a person can not reach his/her optimal performance level.

Brads' swing model and philosophy revolve around the simplicity of basic fundamentals and adapting them to each individual student's physical abilities and mental desires. Learning to efficiently and consistently set up to the ball, understanding how the word balance applies in many ways to a golf swing and the game, understanding cause and effect, and understanding why the ball does what it does are the basis of Brads' model and philosophy. Hitting solid, straight, and long golf shots is not as difficult as most people make it. He says, "Once a person understands a few simple ideas they are amazed at what they are capable of."

Tony Plasencio

Toby grew up as an athlete playing team sports all of his life. Until at 17 he fell 65 feet when a knot came undone as he was rappelling down a cliff. He nearly died and suffered many fractures to bones all over his body. After many months of rehabilitation he took up golf with a buddy and was hooked. After two years of picking up a club he was a 4 handicap and has since shot numerous rounds in the 60's. Toby went on to become a teaching professional and taught golf for 12 years. His biggest achievement in golf was winning the National Amputee Golf Championship in 2009. Now 34 he competes on varying levels of amputee and able bodied golf with high levels of success. He is a certified peer visitor and frequently visits with new amputees to educate them of life as an amputee. "Never give up."

Tracy Ramin

Tracy Ramin is a certified Adaptive Golf Specialist for 15 years. Tracy has 30 plus years of experience golfing, instructing and assisting players at all skill levels to improve their golf game and swing.

Tracy is the two time Michigan State Champion in the MichiganGolf Amputee Association. Tracy is ranked 9th in the United States National Amputee Tournament and 5th in the Canadian National Tournament for 2012. Tracy is the assistant coach for Montrose High School Varsity Golf Team, and has offered private golf lessons at his home course, Briar Ridge in Montrose for the past 12 years. Tracy will accommodate any course of preference for people wanting to improve their golf game or simply wanting to tune in a specific skill.

Tracy’s certification is through McLaren Adaptive Golf, where he has assisted people at all levels of dysfunction resulting from strokes to accidents improve and adapt their game to recover the skills lost. This passion for helping others extends to volunteering to help youth learn skills to develop their basic skills at local church sports clinics. Tracy also assists and instructs players of all ages with and without physical deficits to improve their skills in a relaxed atmosphere that is specifically designed to meet individual needs and goals for improvement.

Back in 1998 I was stuck by a speeding pickup truck driving 80 mph on the highway, resulting in a 2% chance to live among various other injuries including the loss of left leg below the knee.

Robert McDermott

Robert McDermott resides in Sherwood Park, Alberta and has had the opportunity to speak to organizations throughout Canada and the United States sharing his story about overcoming adversity. He is married to Janie and is the father to Dayton, Shannon and Carrie and grandfather to Hanna, Cohen and Connor.

Bob was electrocuted by a high voltage power line in a farming accident in 1987. On route to the hospital to save his life, the ambulance that was carrying him blew 2 tires and he was thrown from the ambulance.  The accidents resulted in   amputations to his left leg left arm and right thumb. Bob was back playing the following year and was playing to a -5 handicap in 2 years.
Bob presently is playing as a -2 handicap.

Bob has been recognized for achievements

  • City of Edmonton, Award for Excellence in 2000.
  • Belvedere’s Golf Club Ambassador since 1996 was honored in 2006.
  • Inducted, into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 2007.

Bob has had International Media attention in Readers Digest Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine and National News Papers. Television interviews around the world- Australia, Ireland, United States and Canada.

Golf Championships in Able body and Amputee events:

  • Alberta Provincial Amputee Champion, 15 times.
  • Canadian National Amputee Champion 3 times 2000/2001/2010
  • British Amputee Champion 2005.
  • United States Multiple Amputee Champion 9 times
  • United States Senior Champion 2011.

Able Bodied events:

  • Belvedere Men’s Club Champion 2003/ 04/05/08
  • Belvedere Senior Champion 2008/2009/2013

Jesse Florkowski

Jesse Florkowski was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta by his grandparents. Jesse was born without his right arm due to a birth defect. He was determined not to let the limitation hold him back in anyway possible. Jesse played many sports growing up which included Golf, Baseball, Hockey, and 10 pin Bowling. As Jesse got older the love of the game of golf only got stronger. J-Flo, as they call him in College, does not use a prosthetic device while playing. Currently, Jesse holds a golf index of 1.4. He has competed in many amputee and able-bodied golf tournaments through out his young career. Florkowski has been competing in the U.S National Amputee Championship for the last three years. Finishing, 11th, T-7th, and 5th respectively. Jesse has been competing in the Canadian Amputee Championship since 2007. He has finished runner up 3 times. Jesse has won the Alberta Amputee Open for 3 consecutive years running. He'll try and defend his title in the summer of 2014. He has also won the BC Amputee open in 2010, 2012 and was runner up in 2011.

Jesse has appeared on many radio stations, local newspapers, magazines and was even featured on TSN. He has appeared in the STRIVE magazine 2 times and was featured in SCOREGolf, the voice of Canadian Golf Magazine, which he appeared 3rd in the category headlined '50 Greatest Things About Golf'

Currently, Jesse Florkowski is attending Medicine Hat College studying Business Administration. His immediate future plan is to attend GMIC and get his certificate in golf management. Going down to the U.S for school and golf would be a dream come true for Jesse. He plans to work in the golf business for as long as possible. In 2012, Jesse made the MHC Golf team which he led the team to ACAC Nationals for the first time in college history. In the off-season you'll see Jesse in either the gym or on the lanes. Jesse enjoys 10 pin bowling in the winter months. He has attending Nationals throughout Canada 3 times. Finishing 4th overall all 3 times. Winning a bronze medal in the 2012 Nationals was a key highlight in his bowling career. He has been ranked #1 from 2010-2012 in the Youth Bowling Rankings. To this day, Jesse has bowled a total of 9, perfect 10 pin bowling 300 games. His first came at the age of only 15. With that accomplishment he was the 4th youngest bowler to bowl a perfect game in Canada and is one of only 2 bowlers worldwide to bowl a perfect game missing a limb.

Jesse Florkowski is looking for a successful 2014 season on and off the course!!

Vince Biser

My name is Vince Biser, and I am from Baltimore.  I was born with cerebral palsy.  I have a right hemi-paresis which means I am partially paralyzed on the right side of my body, and have no use of my right hand. 

At the age of 2, I started  playing  sports at the Bennett Institute which is a handi-capped sports program.  I used to compete in track and field and swimming competitions across the country.  When I was a teenager, I learned how to play golf from my father and grandfather.  Golf is a very big sport in our family.

I played on my high school golf team all four years.  Then I found out about the NAOAGA.  I am the five time North American One Armed Champion in the unassisted division.  I also made the Fight Master Team in 2010 and 2012.  I play  as well on the  A Team at my home course,  The Country Club of Maryland.

Charles Rutherford

I'm Charlie, from Minneapolis MN and I've been a LBK amputee since July 2013 when I was hit on my motorcycle by a careless driver. I had the choice of salvaging my foot, but months/years of bone, muscle and skin grafts didn't sound like my version of fun, so I elected for an Ertl.

87 days after surgery, I played my first round of golf as an amputee. Although I've never played competitive golf, I have always been close to the game, playing most weekends with my dad.
While I still ride motorcycles, I'm going to focus most of my time in 2014 on my golf game and mountain biking. In addition to the ALDC, I'm also going to play in the NAGA Championship and really look forward to meeting many more amputee golfers.

Anthony Netto

As the founder of the Stand Up and Play Foundation and Kid Swing International, Anthony has a 25 years track record within the Adaptive sports community. Anthony’s dedication to an active life style and his belief that anybody can lead a healthy life despite their physical limitations has been proven time and time again. Anthony travels throughout the country working with different organization, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals and golf courses to promote active standing therapy programs.

Anthony can shoot even par for 18 holes using his Paramobile, please learn more about the Stand Up and Play Foundation and the Paramobile at

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Most unique thing about you: Blind Athletes

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City (where you currently live): Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Born (birthday and birth place): Feb, 1958

Disability (specific leg, arm, eyesight/amputee, paralyzed, blind): B-2 Blind (visually-impaired) Golfer

Height, Weight, Right/Left-handed: 5’9”

Age of first golf game: 45

Date of accident or medical treatment: Jan, 1997

Longest Drive in competition (how far, where, what date?): 258 yards

Personal Golf Hero: Tiger Woods

Top 5 Golf Courses Played: Pelican Hill GC, Riviera CC, Ancala CC, Sierra Lakes GC, Industry Hills GC

Major Golf Victories: Blind Golf National Champion, and British Blind Open Champion

College Attended and sports played (sports & honors): Idaho State University – Track & Field

High School Attended and sports played (sports & honors): Duarte High - Track & Field

Other honors: Track & Field Conference Champion, National Triathlete Champion, Completed the Korea Ironman

Most influential person in your life: My wife Lori and son Jonathan

Family Status (Name of Spouse, Children): Married to Lori Davis with 1 son, Jonathan

Other information you’d like to talk about: Coordinate golf clinics for 10 years providing instructions to disable golfers and instructors.

Something about Bill Davis:

Bill was born with a hereditary condition called Familial Exudative Vitreo-Retinopathy (FEVR). It is a progressive disease that stretches the retina, causing blood to pool at the back of the eye. The ultimate risk is permanent detachment of the retina, which results in total blindness.

Although Bill is visually impaired, his accomplishments include three-time National Blind Golf Champion, competed in two World Blind Golf Championships, 10 years offering instructional clinics to blind golfers and their coaches/caddies, 6 years giving golf lessons to individuals with physical, intellectual, and visual challenges, and 8 years working with a team of PGA instructors coaching kids with special needs, and disabled Vets with their golf swings.

Bo Langston

My name is Bo Langston and I am 43 years old,  I was raised in a small south Georgia town named Fitzgerald.  I was a multi-sport athlete growing up and continue thru high school but golf was not one of them.  After high school I started to work at Shaw Industries in Fitzgerald and been with Shaw for 24 years now but after being there a little over a year I had an accident with a machine called a Card that caused me to lose my left arm below the elbow.  I was only 19 at the time of losing my arm so I thought my sporting activity was over.

After recovering from my injury, I returned to work, later realizing that I could still do things like play golf, water ski, baseball, basketball and still be competitive with non-amputees as well as amputees.  I play in tournament with other amputees as well in tournament with non-amputees.  In these events I have won several long drive competitions against amputees and non-amputees.  I got around a 15 handicap at the local course that I play at. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. 

Dave Sawtell

Hometown: Gold Coast Queensland
Age: 48
Disability: Paraplegia
Swings: Right handed with 1 arm
Age of First Golf Game: 38
Longest Drive: 191 meters
Favorite Long Drive Club: Titleist
Favorite Ball to Hit Long: Titleist Pro V X
Personal Golf Hero: Mark Leighmen
Top 5 Golf Courses:

  • Chinderah
  • Royal Pines
  • Palm Meadows
  • Robina
  • Brookwater

Major Golf Victories:

  • Re/ Max World Long Drive Championship (Wheelchair division)
  • 3 Australian National Championships
  • 4 Queensland State Championships

Most Influential Person in His Life: Barry Sawtell (father)

Humberto Reyna

Occupation: Disabled State Trooper

City (where you currently live, City, State, Country): Liberty, North Carolina, USA

Age as of Oct. 16, 2014: 46

Height, Weight, Right/Left-handed: 5’9”, 140, was a right handed golfer and changed to a left handed golfer due to injuries

Disability (Identify your Category): Traumatic Brain Injury, changed from right to left handed golf

Date of accident or medical treatment:

Accident- November 23, 2009

Story about accident or triumph:

Humberto was a North Carolina Highway Patrol State Trooper and was investigating a collision on the interstate when he was rear-ended at 75 MPH. He sustained a serious brain injury which has caused him to have dementia and cognitive deficits, visual disturbances and double vision, super-sensitive hearing, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe anxiety, and personality change. He does not eat normally, sleep normally, get tired or thirsty, and requires 24/7 care and supervision. In addition, he has orthopedic issues, a frozen right shoulder, extra muscle tone in his neck and shoulders, weakness in his right leg and balance issues. Golf has been very therapeutic and allows him to participate in life again. Rebuilding life after injury can be very difficult. Those who are injured require help and assistance to rebuild a new life with purpose and hope. Kay, Humberto’s wife, founded a 501c3 Nonprofit called Operation Homeland Honor ( after struggling to find places of acceptance for her husband after his injury. Operation Homeland Honor serves State Troopers, Police Officers, Emergency Personnel, and Veterans injured in the line of duty through athletic avenues. She is very passionate about helping Homeland Heroes rebuild a new life and believes that athletic avenues are one way to do so. “My husband lived! Although he requires help and assistance to participate in life again, I believe he has a right to have a purposeful life! He was an avid golfer prior to the accident. With help, he can still participate in the game of golf which he loved so much”.

Honors: American Police Hall of Fame, Purple Heart

Longest verified Drive in competition (how far, where, what date?): No competitions so far. However, his longest drive is 260 yards.

Favorite Long Driver (brand of club): Calloway

Favorite Ball to hit Long (brand of ball): Calloway Supersoft

Personal Golf Hero: Phil Nicholson, Sergio Garcia

Top 5 Golf Courses Played :

Member, Siler City Country Club, Siler City, NC “The best kept secret in the Mid-Carolina’s”.

Major Golf Victories: 3rd place Florida Open for Disabled Golfers 2012

College Attended and sports played (sports & honors): University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Honors: Operation Rebound Athlete with the Challenged Athletes Foundation

Family Status (Name of Spouse, Children ): Wife, Kay Reyna Children: Braxton, Rebecca, and Kayli

Daryl Rossi, Jr.

Name: Daryl N Rossi Jr

Nickname: Rossi (From my wife)

Occupation: Fiber Optic Specialist, Comcast

Hometown (Santa Rosa ,CA USA):

City: Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Age as of Sept. 21, 2015: 53

Born: Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Height: 5’ 9” Right or Left-handed: Left Handed

Amputee (disabled limb or limbs): Right Arm

One-Arm Golfers, do you swing with? Right , Trailing (back)

Most unique thing about you: I play the Drums

Age of first golf game: 12

Date of disabling incident or medical treatment: 10-04-1961

Favorite Long Driver: Cobra

Favorite Ball to hit Long: Titleist Pro V

Personal Golf Her: John Daly

Top 5 Golf Courses Played: Mayacama, Princeville, BlackHawk, FountainGrove Country Club, Oakmont

Other Golf Victories: 2014 Oakmont Men’s invitational Two Man Best Ball

High School Attended and sports played: Montgomery High School Baseball

Most influential person in your life: My Grandfather

Family Status: Married to April, with two children: Vincent Rossi 26, Dante Rossi 21

Steve Shipuleski

Steven Shipuleski (Ship) was born on October 8, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut and resided on a mini-farm, in a small town in Plainfield, Connecticut, with his mother Nancy, father Henry, his older sister Kristine and older brother Frank. Steven was born with Cerebral Palsy and as a result, his left arm was unusable. There was no active nerves, and his left leg, likewise, had nerve damage that prevented full growth of his left leg and the lack of both severely affected his coordination. 

During his adolescent years and teenage years, and not having the normal abilities of an average boy, he was determined to participate in nearly every activity, other than baseball, basketball and football, which, at that time, were restricted to him, due to local Insurance and Liability issues . As a result of his determination, many times against the wishes of his mother, and during the times he was subjected to several surgeries to his left arm, he refused to stay inactive and engaged in a self-learning process which included, learning to ride a bike, roller skate, skate board, swim, and numerous other activities. His mother stated, that prior to reaching the age of ten (10) years of age, he had accumulated over fifty (50) stitches in accomplishing his self-learned activities.

Steven’s determination and will power resulted in his refusal to acknowledge or accept that he had a disability. His mother noted that from a very young age,  with only the use of his right arm and hand, he learned to tie his own shoes, fold his clothes, make his bed, {try putting a pillow in a pillow-case with one (1) hand}, cut his food, and assist with numerous chores around the family farm.

During his high school years, and as a result of his exceptionally high grades, the High School allowed him participation in a “during the school work program”, where he worked at a lumber yard storing, carrying and loading building materials, including all types of lumber, plywood, sheetrock, bags of concrete, bales of hay and numerous other building materials, which resulted in Steve acquiring extraordinary strength in his right side. Steve has stated, that during his elementary and high school years, he was never bullied by his schoolmates, but in fact, was respected due to his refusal to accept sympathy and his continued determination to perform duties and participate in activities with one (1) arm that nearly all, utilize two (2).

His father stated that when Steven reached the age of 16, and desired to obtain his driver’s license, he refused to take the driving test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission and would only take the test in a vehicle with a standard transmission.  Steven passed the test on his first attempt and the Driving Instructor told Steve’s father that he drove better than most drivers with two (2) arms. After graduating from High School in 1989, Steve was employed by several Building supply Companies and is currently employed at THERMA SEAL INSULATION, in West Palm Beach, Florida. READ MORE