Edwin Shaw Rehab- A success story

This is the story of Cliff Crown, a participant at Edwin Shaw Rehab Challenge Golf, who played golf avidly before his acquired disability, told from his point of view….

How my life changed on June 28, 1998.

I had been enjoying golf every weekend and my friend and I had a challenge to play golf every weekend for the whole year.   We were well on our way to our goal and had made it to the end of June. Then life changed… for all of us.

I had a massive aneurism on the right side of my brain, along with a bleed that caused a blood clot, which then caused a stroke, affecting my left side, leaving me with little or no use of left arm, left leg (I can walk with a brace), and half of my eye site gone. Four weeks in intensive care, six weeks in rehabilitation, then my new life began., and not much fun at that.

We lived on a golf course in Tennessee, the reason we were going for every weekend of play. My wife (Sandy) knew that I needed to get out and try to work my way back into the game.

The first steps were small; she would take me to the driving range, and ensure that I could swing and not fall down. From there it was really slow, but I did improve, although not to the level I was before my aneurism.  But that would change.  We moved from Tennessee to Ohio, and then the golf improvements started to really come.

I kept hearing about Edwin Shaw Rehab and Ron Tristano, and that he worked with challenged players. Being someone with a disability, I connected with Ron to relearn the game of golf given my new challenges.  He had patience and a wealth of knowledge on how to improve my game playing with just my right arm, we worked to improve my balance and follow through, and so much more. Words did not do Ron and GAINTM justice, the program does so much and Ron has a lot to share with the world of golf and players with challenges.

I am now playing regulation courses and keeping up with all of those guys who said I was slow, and beating them. My handicap before my stroke was 5-7, it is now 14, with my starting at 26. In 2004 I hit my first hole in won, and this year (2011) I shot my age for 18 – a 68! And I’m still going for more.

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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