Ten Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes and five Unified Partners from the Greater Houston area will represent Texas at the 16th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Championship from September 10-13 at Port Royal Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Championship is a test of skill designed to give Special Olympics golfers from North America a chance to compete in a tournament setting.
Skyler Holak will compete in the Individual Skills Contest (Level 1), Stacy Brown and Cindy Marek will compete in Alternate Shot Team (Level 2), Alex Crook, Elizabeth Crook, William Crook, Marcus Clay Gary, Mark Linsey, Shaun Linsey, Alan Hirshman and Steven Hirshman will compete in Unified Team Play (Level 3), Kevin Harrell will compete in Individual Stroke 9-Hole Play (Level 4) and Blair Claghorn, Chris Holmes and Miles Stroud will compete in Individual Stroke 18-Hole Play (Level 5).
An Opening Ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Port Royal Golf Club. Round 1 of competition begins on Friday, Sept. 11 followed by Round 2 on Saturday and Round 3 on Sunday. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on all three days.
Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners will compete for awards in each level of competition. Medals will be presented at the conclusion of the final round.
Competitors will be placed into divisions (based upon age, gender and ability level), affording each athlete the opportunity to showcase their skills. “There is no game better than golf that balances our competitive instincts with our social enjoyment with each other. Golf is a welcoming game for all ages, no matter what anyone’s ability level may be,” said Davis Sezna, CEO and Partner of Heritage Golf Group.
Special Olympics’ Golf Program began in 1988 with the assistance of The PGA of America and USGA. Since then both associations contribute to the growth of the Program with grassroots training, rules education, tournament administration, and national program financial support. Currently, more than 22,940 Special Olympics North America Athletes participate in Golf Competition
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 53,400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX-Greater Houston Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX4.
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