Eight Special Olympics North Carolina and two Unified partners competed in the 2019 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship September 22 – September 25 at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. Unified partners are individuals without intellectual disabilities who train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes.
LPGA golfer In-Kyung Kim attended the tournament to support the more than 230 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners representing 23 United States and Canadian Special Olympics Programs.
Local Special Olympics North Carolina programs represented include: Brunswick, Cumberland, Guilford/High Point, New Hanover, Johnston, Macon, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wilkes
The results of the 2019 Special Olympics North America Golf Tournament are as follows:
Brunswick County and New Hanover County:
- Thomas Dutton (UP) (Brunswick County) and Ian Lerch (New Hanover County), Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play – Bronze Medal
- Joel Bradshaw, Level 1 Individual Skills – Bronze Medal
- William Hammer, Level 1 Individual Skills – Bronze Medal
- Marissa Herzig, Level 1 Individual Skills – Gold Medal
- Eric Hall (UP) and Jason Brent Hedrick, Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play – Gold Medal
- Nathaniel Davis, Level 4 Stroke Play 9 Hole – Gold Medal
- Caleb Ivey, Level 1 Individual Skills – Fourth Place
- Ethan Cassity, Level 1 Individual Skills – Gold Medal
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 19 Olympic-type 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 Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.