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Patients visit BMW Championship with Freedom Golf

Patients visit BMW Championship with Freedom Golf

You may not think of golf as a sport that is accessible to people with physical differences or disabilities, but a Chicago area golf group is working to change that. The Freedom Golf Association (FGA) hosted a group of patients from the Chicago Shriners Hospital along with a group of wounded veterans during the practice round of the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club. Patients got to watch the top 70 golfers in the world practice and prepare for the tournament.

See a short video of their visit.

The group also attended a junior clinic sponsored by the Western Golf Association. It was held on the driving range just steps from where pro golfers were teeing off. Connor, a patient born with a cleft lip and palate, is also an ambassador for FGA. He was interviewed and got to demonstrate a few golf swings for the kids gathered to watch. Patients also got to see drives from Tracy Ramin, a captain of the United States Para-Golf Team, currently ranked No. 21 in the world for golfers with a disability.

Connor connected with Freedom Golf while serving as a standard bearer at the 2018 PGA TOUR's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Connor, who has always had a love for golf, started training with FGA when he returned to Chicago. Now, at age 13, he is able to compete in Illinois Junior Golf Association competitions, where he placed third in his very first tournament.

Patient participantsPatients and veterans at tournament