Saturday, June 7, TSRHC held a Learn to Golf clinic in Denison, Texas. The Learn to Golf Program is a way for TSRHC patients to receive therapeutic treatment while also having fun learning to golf with other patients who share the same passion. Learn to Golf was launched in 1998 by the hospital’s therapeutic recreation department and was built upon the National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program.
“It’s to introduce our patients who have physical disabilities to the game of golf. So we go around the state and have ten clinics in different locations,” said TSRHC director of therapeutic recreation Dana Dempsey.
Taught by specially trained golf professionals, the patients with physical challenges rotate between three different groups and learn to hit long distances on the driving range, chip onto the green and putt on the green to make their best attempt to get the ball into the hole.
Playing golf has proved to be effective in the treatment for TSRHC patients.
“We’ve had a couple of [participants] report that they haven’t had to have surgery now that they’ve been practicing golf and being involved in golf. So it has both a therapeutic value and then that for just the socialization and fun, feeling good and being able to do something well,” said Dempsey.
After the patients swung through the event, lunch is served and awards are presented. During this time the Junior Golfers and their parents have the chance to get to know one another.
Junior Golfers receive specialized training from golf and allied health care professionals, a rules book and starter golf equipment. In addition, the hospital may assist patients in finding golf instructors in his or her area who provide further golf lessons and programs.
The next golf clinic will be held June 14 in Lewisville at Lake Park Golf Course. For more information about Learn to Golf, please visit http://www.tsrhc.org/Learn-to-Golf.