Profile: Josh Geer & the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Challenge Golf

Special to the Alliance, Lisa Geer

Josh Geer is now 15 years old and golfing on his high school golf team. Josh was born early and has Cerebral Palsy  The cerebral palsy only affects his leg muscles and made his core muscle strength weak. He has had physical therapy all his life and has had one surgery on his legs. Golf has played an important role in his therapy.

The game of golf has increased the strength in his arms, hands, and body core. It has helped Josh shift his weight and increase mobility.

The Challenge Golf program and Ron Tristano have played an important role in Josh’s therapy and his ability to play the game so well. Ron started coaching Josh in 2007 and continues today. Josh participated in the Challenge Golf camps, the Advanced Golfer’s program, and Saturday golf sessions. Ron worked with Josh to overcome his disability and to play the game well. The program and Ron have given Josh a sport he can play competitively, given him the confidence in playing it, and teaching him the etiquette and respect of the game.

Today, Josh is a Freshman in high school and on the JV Golf team. He has played on two varsity matches and came in 4th as a freshman on the last golf match. Josh does have an allowance to use a golf cart but so far has walked all matches. The Challenge Golf Program has given Josh a sport he can play and love. The Program and Ron are reasons why our son has done so well.

Ron Tristano shared “I have had the pleasure of working with Joshua Geer since 2007.   My initial instruction focused on what Josh was able to do not what he could not do. We started with short swings using little lower body movement concentrating on balance and making contact.  Josh showed great courage and determination especially during those early years when he had to have surgery and a significant amount of therapy. He worked hard to learn the game and began participating in our junior golf camps and then in our advanced junior golf where Josh walked nine holes by his choice with the other able bodied youngsters . Now a Freshmen in High School Josh has achieved his goal of making the school golf team. I admire Josh and am proud to be his golf teacher and friend.”

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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