When Richard Roseman lost his legs, he thought he would never hit a golf ball again. But after a few lessons from the Playing Through Adaptive Golf Institute, Roseman is gearing up to play in the Institute’s Inaugural Golf Without Limits Invitational and Adaptive Golf Experience sponsored by Med-Care Diabetic and Medical Supplies, Inc.
Roseman will play in a foursome that includes his adaptive golf instructor and co-founder of Playing Through, Ryan Chiplock. “I had played golf a long time ago, so I had the basics down. Ryan helped me to position my wheelchair for my swing. Sometimes I hit the ball far, and sometimes I hit what I call a flub-a-dub,” Roseman chuckles.
Adaptive golf utilizes innovative technology and instructional techniques to make the game of golf accessible for individuals of all ages and abilities. Through adaptive golf, individuals and families are able to enjoy the outdoors while engaging in a fun, social activity promoting physical, cognitive, and emotional wellness. Proceeds from the tournament will go directly back into the community by expanding Playing Through’s programs and increasing the accessibility of the game.
“After providing lessons and open practice on the range for one year, we discovered that transportation and time limitations are huge barriers for our golfers,” says Chiplock. “We hope to provide mobile lessons and clinics in homes, at support group meetings, in community centers, and in schools using a state-of-the-art simulator, net, and mat.” He adds, “It’s all about expanding accessibility of the game, and increasing awareness about the many benefits of adaptive golf as recreation, therapy, and rehabilitation.”
Roseman is looking forward to playing in the tournament and hopes many persons with disabilities will come for the Adaptive Golf Experience. He says, “The best thing about this is showing other people that they too can golf. It can help improve their well-being and make them realize their affliction is not so bad.”
About the Tournament
Saturday, April 26
Adaptive Golf Experience 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Shotgun Start 1p.m.
Woodmont Country Club
7801 NW 80th Ave., Tamarac
About Playing Through Adaptive Golf Institute
Playing Through Adaptive Golf Institute is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing individual and group golf instruction for persons with physical or cognitive disabilities. For more information, visit http://adaptivegolfinstitute.org or call 954-812-3883.