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Special Olympics North Carolina athletes & partners excel at 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship

Four Special Olympics North Carolina golf athletes and two Unified Partners competed in the 2017 SONA Golf Championship June 26 – 28 at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond, Washington, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.

A field of more than 230 golfers from programs across the United States and Canada competed in one of five levels of competition – individual skills (Level 1), nine and 18-hole alternate shot team play – athlete is paired with a partner without intellectual disabilities, (Levels 2 & 3), and nine and 18-hole individual stroke play (Levels 4 & 5).
Local Special Olympics North Carolina programs represented include: Cleveland County, Mecklenburg County, Moore County and Surry County.
The results of the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship are as follows:
  • Cleveland County: Brett Washburn and Harry Washburn (Unified Partner), Level 2 (9-hole alternate shot Unified team play) —Bronze Medal
  • Mecklenburg County: Allen “AJ” Mennear, Level 4 (9-hole individual stroke play)—Gold Medal
  • Moore County: Anna Page, Level 1 (Individual Skills)—Bronze Medal
  • Surry County: Ryan Matthews and Michael Stone (Unified Partner), Level 2 (9-hole alternate shot Unified team play)—Bronze Medal
Others in the Special Olympics North Carolina golf delegation included: Cleveland County: Sherwin Washburn(Coach) and Patricia “Pat” McDonald (Head of Delegation); Mecklenburg County: Ronald “Peter” Cowick(Caddie); Moore County: Donna Page (Coach). Several family members also made the trip to support and cheer on the North Carolina Delegation.
The 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship was hosted by Special Olympics North America. The 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship was supported by leading tournament sponsors USGA and PGA Tour.
About Special Olympics Golf
Special Olympics’ Golf Program began in 1988 with the assistance of The PGA of America and USGA. Since then both associations contribute to the growth of the Program with grassroots training, rules education, tournament administration, and national program financial support. Currently, more than 23,000 Special Olympics North America Athletes participate in Golf Competition.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC;  http://www.instagram.com/specialolympics_nc and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC
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