Inclusion in Action: Ms. Wheechair International Yvette Pegues

Ms. Wheelchair International Yvette Pegues Learns to Play Golf through Get Golf Ready

KENNESAW, Ga. – Ms. Wheelchair International 2016, Yvette Pegues, is expanding her sports resume by learning to play golf through the Get Golf Ready program.  PGA Professional Tim Wilkes, an adaptive golf specialist, leads the introductory group program for women of all abilities at the PGA TOUR Superstore (Kennesaw, Ga.)  The six-week class began Thursday (May 19).

Pegues was born with a congenital defect at the lower portion of the back of the brain called Arnold-Chiari Malformation, which went undetected for years.  She was diagnosed in 2011 and after undergoing surgery in 2012, her condition worsened and she lost use of her legs.

“I have always been very active and thought that following my surgery, participating in sports would be impossible for me,” Pegues said.  After learning how to play sled hockey and trying horseback riding and snow skiing, I’m looking forward to giving golf a try.  Golf is a sport that allows people of all abilities to learn and play together and I want to inspire others to #LiveForward because life doesn’t end at the point of disability.”

Get Golf Ready is a series of five group golf lessons that concentrate on basic skills, instruction and information on the Rules of Golf, etiquette and values. Participants learn techniques regarding chipping and putting, full swing and bunker play, as well as the fundamental guidelines of use and maintenance of golf equipment, keeping score and navigating the course. Many facilities offer the program starting at $99, although price varies by facility.

“We’ve got a great group of women of all abilities participating in Get Golf Ready, who are able to learn the game together in a fun, nurturing and encouraging environment,” Wilkes said. “One of the greatest things about golf is that it’s a game that can be tailored and adapted to an individual’s abilities. This adaptive Get Golf Ready program is a charge to fellow PGA Professionals that with the right training, they can teach and share their love of the sport to men, women and children of all abilities.”

PGA Professionals nationwide teach students with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. Accessible golf programs can be found at AccessGolf.org.

Weekly classes began Thursday, May 19 • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Class 2 – May 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Class 3 – June 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Class 4 – June 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Class 5 – June 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Class 6 – On-course experience (Date and Location TBD)

Visit Yvette Pegues’ blog – http://www.yourinvisibledisability.com/archives/2001 – to learn more about her Get Golf Ready experience.

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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