UNION COUNTY, NJ – A golf clinic for persons with physical disabilities and veterans is set for Saturday, September 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The clinic, “First Swing”, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in partnership with the Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, will be held at the Learning Center at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.  Admission to is free, however pre-registration is required at www.ucnj.org/opdsn-reg.

“The First Swing golf clinic provides hands on instruction to encourage golf as an excellent recreational and rehabilitation activity for anyone, including veterans and those who are physically disabled,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “We are pleased to be able to partner and provide this program to residents.”

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Presented in cooperation with the National Amputee Golf Association, the program includes participation and instruction by rehab and golf professionals. Methods of grip, stance and swing will be discussed. Participants can improve their functional skills such as range of motion and balance, and learn about adaptive equipment that will assist them in executing the golf swing.

Anyone who is physically challenged including, but not limited to amputees, persons who are post-stroke; and have any circumstance necessitating this type of specialized instruction can benefit from this clinic. Healthcare and golf professionals who are interested in learning adaptive golf techniques for their clients are also welcome.

Louis Namm, level 3 certification program of the United States Golf Teachers Association (USGTA) will instruct the clinic. He is the primary golf instructor for the Philadelphia VA Medical Center’s Amputee Veterans.

No golfing experience is required. Attendees should bring a seven or eight iron and a putter, if possible. A limited number of clubs will be available for participants who do not have their own.

Continental breakfast and refreshments are included. For additional information please contact Nicole DeAugustine at 908-527-4781 or Janna Williams at 908-572-4918 or email opdsn@ucnj.org.