Sparrow Hospital's Adaptive Golf Program

By: Rachel Calderon
By: Rachel Calderon

Fibromyalgia made it difficult for Jeanne Esch to maintain balance or to hold things. She was determined to live independently, and this form of physical therapy got her back into the swing of things. Golf has strengthened Jeanne's muscles and improved her balance.

Sparrow Hospital's Adaptive Golf Program helps Jeanne and others with disabilities enjoy the game of golf through the help of physical therapists and golf professionals.

The program began eight years ago with a one-day clinic. Now assisted league play runs for six weeks with the help of trained professionals, specially designed clubs and carts to allow those with disabilities to enjoy the game of golf.

"This program helps them with balance, and learn new techniques to adapt to their disability," Brandy Munger, Sparrow Hospital.

"They play as many holes as they can. They are paired with a golf pro and a physical therapist and they push themselves to their own limits, " Ken Horvath, MSU Director of Golf.

"I think golf is the one place I don't think about having a handicap. I think you have to remember what you can do and not what you can't do. That's what golf does for me, " Jeanne Esch, Adaptive Golfer.

Now the only handicap Jeanne says she has is how many strokes she shoots over par. And just so you know, it's not by much.


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