Meet Jason Hicks Faircloth. Some of you may already know him as the founder of the US Disabled Golf Association (USDGA). Have you read his story? Jason was born with Cerebral Palsy. He spent countless hours in treatment just trying to get his muscles to develop. His legs and neck don’t work properly. He has a speech impediment.
Jason spent most of his life being pitied and minimized by the people closest to him. His parents supported him by taking him to therapy and offering words of encouragement, but the truth is that most young men in his position have low expectations. That was never the case for Jason. He hasn’t allowed his disability to define him.
The golf bug bit early for Faircloth. After watching his neighbor hit balls in the back yard, Jason became determined to learn. He joined his high school golf team, wearing leg braces so his legs wouldn’t bow. He volunteered at the US Open and listened carefully to caddies and players for tips on how to improve his game.
“People with disabilities have been given the wrong advice for a long time,” Jason has been quoted as saying. “If you seek advice from someone who works with the disabled, you’ll be treated like you’re disabled. I wanted to learn golf from real golfers.”
His quest eventually took him to St. Andrews, the revered site where the game was invented. Jason became the first American to play in the Disabled British Open there in 2011, coming in 32nd overall. He returned in 2012 and finished 2nd overall. Not bad for a young man who was never expected to walk normally, never mind play golf.
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“Based on the number of Americans with disabilities, the number of golf courses we have in this country, and the popularity of the sport of golf, there is no way we cannot successfully organize competitions across the United States.” – Jason Hicks Faircloth
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