Students From the Perkins School Make a Special Trip to MGA Links
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2011
All photos are courtesy of Dave Donnellan
Norton, MA — On May 24th, a group of students and their teachers from the Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA) made their annual trek to MGA Links at Mamantapett (www.mgalinksgolf.com) for a day of golf and fun.
Throughout their time at MGA Links, students were given
the chance to experience the thrills of hitting a golf ball under the
careful guidance of several PGA instructors and volunteers. The
students also tested their putting skills on the greens at MGA Links
while sharing stories of their own experiences of playing miniature
"It's great to be able to continue this tradition that we have of coming to MGA Links for a day with the students," said Bill McMahon.
A blind golfer himself, McMahon has worked with the MGA and the Perkins School for the last 7 years to continue to make this day a success for everyone involved.
"There are only so many opportunities for disabled
golfers to experience the game and we want these kids to know that
nothing should get in their way as far as learning about the game of
Joe McCabe and Pete Walsh of the MGA and MGA Links at Mamantapett wish to thank instructors Bob Beach, Kevin Sullivan, Adam Riggs, Dave Donnellan, Drew Kayser, and Tom Bernier for all of their efforts in working with the students from the Perkins School.
"I've had the good fortune of working with a lot of disabled golfers and special needs students over the years," said Bob Beach, head golf professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course. "Each year being able to help these blind students learn about the game is always a thrill for me and it is great to see the MGA make this opportunity available here at MGA Links."
About the Perkins School for the Blind (www.perkins.org): 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 MGA Links (www.mgalinksgolf.org) : In 2003, the Massachusetts Golf Association purchased MGA Links at Mamantapett in hopes of expanding the game of golf and its inherent values to juniors, seniors and women across the state. This 18-hole facility - formerly known as Wading River Golf Club - sits on 29 acres of land and features a 2,400 yard, par-3 course with a design of holes that holds youthful interest yet also challenge the more discriminating golfer. In addition to hosting one of the most comprehensive junior programming initiatives in the state, the course offers adult and junior memberships and is also open year-round for public play. In just its eighth full year of operation as MGA Links at Mamantapett, this facility has truly become a course for the people.