For Immediate Release: May 18, 2010
Norton, MA — You couldn't have asked for a better day.
While the forcasted rain held off, a group of special, inspiring individuals from the Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA) traveled to MGA Links at Mamantapett to take part in an annual day of golf and lunch.
For the past eight years, the Perkins School has been making an annual trek to MGA Links to experience the game of golf and its basics of putting and full swing.
"It’s a great event each year, not only for the kids, but for our staff,” said Joe McCabe, Executive Director of The First Tee of Massachusetts. “The majority of these students need to rely so heavily on their other senses everyday of their lives because of their lack of vision, but their ability to adapt to the basic concepts of golf is amazing." (see story continued below)
Highlights From the Perkins School
for the Blind Day
Throughout the day, the students from the Perkins School proved that the game of golf can be played by anyone, despite their physical limitations.
"Golf is such a great game that it can afford anyone the opportunity to learn and play," said Bill McMahon, a board member of the United States Blind Golf Association.
Over the years, McMahon has been instrumental in organizing this annual event with the MGA and has taken his own golfing career to such events as the United States Blind Open.
"Our staff is very appreciative of all of the volunteer help for this day," said Pete Walsh, head golf professional at MGA Links at Mamantapett. "Without them, we wouldn't be able to provide such an experience for these kids."
Special thanks go out to Bob Beach (Braintree Municipal Golf Course), John Beach, Susan Bond (Weekapaug Golf Club), Steve Lauzier (Atlantic Golf), Tad Lee, Brayton Cherry, Shaun Kelly and Tom Bernier for their assistance and enthusiasm throughout the day.
MGA Links at Mamantapett and The First Tee of Massachusetts aim to introduce children to the game of golf by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
The Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities.
About The First Tee of Massachusetts
The First Tee of Massachusetts is dedicated to promoting and preserving the integrity and values of the game of golf in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It aims to align itself with youth agencies and entities for the purpose of introducing children to the game of golf and its inherent values in an affordable and accessible manner. For more information about The First Tee of Massachusetts, please visit www.thefirstteemass.org.