A training clinic to help youths and adults with vision loss learn and hone their golf skills teed off this week at MacDonald Golf Course under the administration of Envision, Wichita’s not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and improving the quality of life of those who are blind or visually impaired.
Led by certified golf instructor Len Hudson, the Envision Golf Clinic provides free instruction and use of golf equipment for the duration of the course. Students range from elementary-aged students to seniors. Participants are paired one-to-one with golf mentors who teach them basic skills, giving them increased self-confidence and an opportunity to create new friendships and enjoy the benefits of outdoor physical activity. Playing golf is something many individuals who are blind or visually impaired have never experienced, and the clinic is just one way Envision helps facilitate independence and demonstrates that with dedication and the right tools, anything is possible.
This is the fifth consecutive year in which Envision has held the program. The program meets for the first four Mondays in June and culminates June 22 with a tournament at MacDonald golf course. Proceeds from Envision’s fundraising efforts as well as its business operations allow Envision to offer the program completely free of charge to all participants.
“Our Golf Clinic is one of our most eagerly-anticipated and enjoyable programs each year,” said Bonnie Cochran, Envision’s Director of Support Programs. “It always occurs a few weeks after our annual golf tournament, which is one of our largest annual fundraisers and makes the clinic and so many other programs possible. It lets us introduce blind and visually impaired adults and teens to a great sport that promotes time outdoors, physical exercise and a fun way to grasp a better understanding and appreciation for one’s surroundings. We are delighted to be able to offer this program again this year and look forward to supporting all participants at the June 22 tournament.”
For more information on the tournament and other programs offered throughout the year, contact Bonnie Cochran at Bonnie.Cochran@envisionus.com or at (316) 440-1510.