FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2009

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“First Swing” Golf Clinic for People with Disabilities
Returns to Galloping Hill Golf Center, August 21

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal will host a “First Swing” Golf Clinic for people with physical disabilities on Friday, August 21. The clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the new Galloping Hill Golf Practice and Learning Center in Kenilworth.

KENILWORTH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal will host a “First Swing” Golf Clinic for people with physical disabilities on Friday, August 21. The clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the new Galloping Hill Golf Practice and Learning Center in Kenilworth.

Presented in cooperation with the Disabled American Veterans, the PGA of America, the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, and the National Amputee Golf Association, the program includes “hands on” participation and instruction by rehab and golf professionals. Methods of grip, stance, balance and swing will be discussed and there will be golf tips for wheelchair users and those who need to play from the seated position.

“The First Swing program encourages and promotes the inclusion of golf as an excellent recreational and rehabilitation medium for rehab hospitals, long-term care facilities, and parks and recreation departments,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Bob Buck, executive director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, will conduct the clinic on August 21. Mr. Buck has been a below-knee amputee for almost 40 years and has conducted more than 350 “First Swing” clinics.

No golfing experience is required. Students should bring a 7 or 8 iron and a putter, if possible. A limited number of clubs will be available for participants who do not have their own. Healthcare and golf professionals who are interested in learning adaptive golf techniques are also welcome.

Pre-registration is required by August 14. The fee is $10 per person and refreshments are included. For additional information regarding the “First Swing” clinic or to register, please contact Margaret Heisey at 908-527-4806 or email: mheisey@ucnj.org.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal will host a “First Swing” Golf Clinic for people with physical disabilities on Friday, August 21. The clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the new Galloping Hill Golf Practice and Learning Center in Kenilworth.