Profile: Doring Scores Big With Marathon Golf

Imagine playing 100 holes of golf in one day…

Jonathan Doring, a Special Olympics Athlete of Palm Beach County, FL, did just that. And he recorded his first ever birdie that day. As Alliance Board Member Mitch Stump and fellow Marathon Golfer himself shared “He is putting some of us to shame daily.”

This athlete with intellectual disabilities participated in the Seminole Region of Florida CMAA’s Marathon Golf in April. Marathon Golf recruits entrants to tee off at several area courses with pledges made for every hole of golf played. Doring joined 58 marathoners, who participated in the day’s event on 17 teams. All funds raised benefit South Florida charities include Toys for Tots, The Special Olympics, SOS Children’s Villages, The George Snow Scholarship Fund, The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and The First Tee of the Palm Beaches.

 MG 100 holes photo JD and RF 2016

Doring was named the Special Olympics 2015 Florida Athlete of the Year. In his 26 years as a Special Olympics athlete, Jonathan Doring has filled almost every role possible within Special Olympics. Competing in bowling, swimming, tennis, softball and golf, Doring not only won countless medals but also discovered confidence and determination. In his journey through Special Olympics, Doring’s passion for tennis prompted him to undertake a 6-year training that resulted in becoming a provisional Chair Umpire with the United States Tennis Association.  As a result of his determination, he has attended local, area, and state competitions, including attending the Special Olympics World Games twice; once in 2011 as an athlete competing in tennis, and later in 2015 as a tennis official (a distinction owned by fewer than 20 athletes).

As an Athlete Leader for 16 years, Doring not only speaks on behalf of Special Olympics but also helps to shape the Special Olympics experience for others by serving on his local Athlete Input Council and as a representative at Athlete Congress.  In addition to his active lifestyle, Doring has also worked as a Publix Associate since 1998, is a graduate of Santaluces High School in Palm Beach County and also received an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Technology from Palm Beach State College.

One of Doring’s proudest accomplishments occurred in 2015 when after 3 years he earned the Presidential Champions Platinum Award for his outstanding commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle by increasing physical activity and challenging public perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities. In his journey as a Special Olympics athlete Doring has said that “Special Olympics has taught me to set realistic goals and to work hard to attain them.”

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
Dave Barton, PGA is the Executive Director for the 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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