Oak Mountain State Park to Host Clinics for Disabled Golfers

Oak Mountain State Park, in conjunction with On Even Par and Lakeshore Foundation, will offer golf instruction for physically challenged residents in the greater Birmingham area. The eight-week program began Thursday, May 8, 2003 and continues each Thursday through June 26, 2003.  It is open to anyone who is physically challenged and has a desire to learn to play golf. Classes will be held from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

On Even Par is a non-profit corporation located at The University of Alabama Golf Course in Tuscaloosa. It is funding the program through a grant received from the United States Golf Association.  The grant enables On Even Par to provide these opportunities to individuals who otherwise may find it difficult to acquire the necessary instructional resources to allow them to learn to play golf in a different, but equal way.  On Even Par also empowers these golfers with new opportunities for playing the sport at public golf courses by offering educational programs to the golf industry in the state of Alabama so that golf course operators can become more aware of the needs of these disabled golfers.  It is this type of approach that allows golf course operators to respond to these needs by initiating enhancements and acquiring equipment that make their courses more accessible.

“We are happy to be a part of this new innovative program,” said Alabama State Parks Director Mark Easterwood. “This gives more people the opportunity to enjoy our park.”

Oak Mountain State Park is providing two new single-rider handicapped golf carts for the golf course.  This type of cart design provides walking-impaired golfers access to all areas of the course including sand traps and greens. This allows them to enjoy the sport on an equal basis with all golfers. These carts will remain at Oak Mountain after the program and will be available for use by any disabled golfers playing the course.

“The state of Alabama and Oak Mountain State Park Golf Course should be commended for being exemplary in their leadership position that embraces the differently able golfer by providing them with an accessible location to play golf and for purchasing equipment that will allow them full access to the course,” said Jerry D. Pope, President of On Even Par. “All public golf courses in the state should take note of these efforts and consider joining the movement towards enhancing their courses for differently able golfers,” he added.

The sessions will be conducted by Jerry Pope, President of On Even Par, Scott Douglass, Director of Athletics at Lakeshore Foundation, Nathan Grube, Executive Director of The First Tee of Birmingham and Trey Lipscomb, an instructor with On Even Par. The cost is $25 for the entire eight-week program. For more information and an application please contact: 

Jerry Pope at 205-554-7585, or email 100kman@comcast.net

Scott Douglas at 205-313-7423, or email scottd@lakeshore.org

Nathan Grube at 205-967-4745, Ext. 112, or email ngrube@brunoeventteam.com

Trey Lipscomb at 205-633-0903, or email lipsc@bama.ua.edu

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