Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw has announced a schedule of upcoming workshops for the third season of its GolfAbility program. GolfAbility is an adaptive golf instruction program to teach the basics of golf to individuals with disabilities.
Ten GolfAbility workshops have been scheduled to run from May through September. They will take place at the GolfAbility center, which is located on the campus of the physical rehabilitation hospital. The center consists of a 1300 square foot synthetic putting green with six cups and three accessible netted tee areas. Participants will learn how to use appropriate adaptive golf equipment, including single-rider carts. A single-rider cart is a specially equipped golf cart that allows a disabled golfer to play seated or standing, directly from the cart, and can be driven right on to the green.
All workshops will be conducted by Jacquelyn Healy, LPGA, who will be assisted by physical and recreation therapists. The cost of each workshop is $10 per golfer. The GolfAbility programs will take place on Mondays, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dates are as follows.
May 10 , May 24, June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9 August 23, September 13, September 27
Information on cancellations due to weather conditions can be obtained by calling 845-786-4484 after 1:00 p.m. on the day of a scheduled program.
GolfAbility is open to individuals who may have played prior to acquiring a disability and individuals who are new to the sport. The program seeks to prevent golfers from giving up the game due to injuries, orthopedic impairments, cardiopulmonary disease, stroke, arthritis and other age related conditions. It also seeks to encourage people of all abilities to take up the sport, including individuals with spinal cord injury or amputation.
Bert Rappaport, Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Helen Hayes Hospital states, “A long-term goal of the program is to enable individuals with disabilities to play golf at courses throughout the tri-state area, utilizing the skills they have learned through GolfAbility.”
GolfAbility has been made possible through a grant from The United States Golf Association (USGA) Foundation. It is also supported by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, Orange & Rockland Utilities and the North Rockland Lions Club.
While pre-registration for workshops is not required, participants must complete a GolfAbility application form in advance. For additional information or an application form, call Bert Rappaport at 845-786-4113.