Blindness Isn’t My Handicap
When I suddenly lost my sight, I thought the game I loved was over. But with a little heart and a large dose of ambition, I quickly learned that my golfing career had just begun. At 20 years old, with my dad as my guide, I competed in and won the 2010 World Blind Golf Championship. In 2011, I was honored as the San Diego Hall of Champions Challenged Athlete of the Year. Like all things, it’s the most difficult trials that shape who we are—and I am a better athlete and person because of this sport.
Swinging without seeing and depending on someone other than myself were no small feats, physically and mentally. I soon realized that being a blind golfer has its perks. I have a guide who subs as my “eyes” to help with alignment, track ball flight and read putts. I regularly shoot in the 70s and 80s, and I learn something new every time I step onto the course. By pursuing my passion and sticking with this game through the good days and bad, I have learned invaluable life lessons that translate over to my professional career.
As an Inspirational Speaker, I use my struggles and successes on the golf course to inspire players and non-players alike. I lead by example, showing individuals that with a positive mindset, a ton of patience and someone to help line you up every now and then, even obstacles that seem insurmountable can be opportunities for success.
IBGA World Blind Golf Champion
USBGA B2 National Champion
Open B2 Blind Golf Champion
🏆 2018 - Italy
🏆 2014 - Australia