The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal will host a “First Swing” Golf Clinic for people with physical disabilities on Friday, August 9. The clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Galloping Hill Golf Practice Facility and Learning Center in Kenilworth.
“The First Swing program encourages and promotes the inclusion of golf as an excellent recreational and rehabilitation medium for anyone who is physically challenged,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Healthcare and golf professionals who are interested in learning adaptive golf techniques for their clients are also welcome.”
Presented in cooperation with the Disabled American Veterans, the PGA of America, the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, the United States Golf Association and 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.
Bob Buck, executive director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, will conduct the clinic on August 9. Mr. Buck has been a below-knee amputee for 40 years and has conducted more than 350 “First Swing” clinics.
No golfing experience is required. Students should bring a 7 or 8 iron and a putter, if possible. A limited number of clubs will be available for participants who do not have their own.
Pre-registration is required by August 5. The fee is $10 per person. Continental breakfast and refreshments are included. For additional information regarding the “First Swing” clinic or to register, please contact Margaret Heisey at 908-527-4806 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org