July 18, 2013

Maine disabled golfers still in the swing

Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation is helping handicapped athletes enjoy golf.

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Keegan Moreau, a 14-year-old from Auburn, swings at a ball as instructors give lessons to handicapped golfers during their Monday sessions at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth. Moreau will head to Idaho to become a counselor at a camp for children with lost limbs.

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Tony Rice, 70, of Scarborough, who shattered his spine in a 1975 fall, said the skiing and golf programs offered by Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation have given him a new lease on life.

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"These programs allow me to do things I normally wouldn't be able to do," said Moreau. "There's someone to teach me and show me how to make adjustments."

Quimby rode in a specialized golf cart called a solo rider. She was able to drive the cart and adjust the swivel seat using hand controls. The seat allowed Quimby, a paraplegic, to position herself alongside the cart so she could swing the club. The golf cart is light enough that it can be driven onto the putting green.

Quimby, who also has tried water-skiing and other sports with the program, was smiling and laughing throughout her round.

"Life's too short not to be happy," she said.

Each golfer in the program had a volunteer assigned. "The volunteers are amazing," said Baker. "They enjoy it as much as the players."

Tony Rice, 70, of Scarborough learned the game as caddie at Riverside Golf Course. In 1975 he shattered his spine from a fall while painting a giant mural in Detroit. It caused paralysis in his spine and leg. After a long rehabilitation, Rice got involved in Maine Handicap Skiing and also is active in the organization's other activities.

"After I got injured, I came back to Maine and was distressed," said Rice.

"I discovered Maine Handicap Skiing. I ski all winter and play golf in the summer. The programs have given me a little skill and confidence, which translated into my lifestyle. It gave me a new lease on life."

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Monica Quimby of Scarborough hits the ball from an adaptive golf cart. Quimby, a paraplegic, is able to drive the car and adjust the swivel seat using hand controls.

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