Best of Little John Daly

John Daly’s son, Little John, has turned himself into a really solid junior player. Watch some of his best shots from the PNC Father-Son Challenge starting in 2019 as a 16-year-old and dating back to 2016 as a 13-year-old. Take notice of the caddy, our own Chick Linski of the Heart of a Lion Foundation and the Invisible Shield.

Disabled Golfers- An Underserved Group

Diversity and Inclusion initiatives have become mainstream for the golf industry today. The NGCOA continues with a significant commitment to bringing awareness and education to the golf community. Diversity is any dimension used to differentiate groups and people from one another. In a nutshell, it’s about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin. Inclusion is an organizational effort and practices in which different groups or individuals with diverse backgrounds are culturally and socially accepted, welcomed, and treated equally. These efforts intended outcomes are to create more diversified golf participation to include ownership and leadership roles. 

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University of Arizona’s adaptive athletics program wows Gov. Doug Ducey, other dignitaries

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Adaptive athletics
From left, Gov. Doug Ducey, UA President Robert C. Robbins and Peter Hughes, the UA’s director of adaptive athletics, talk to members of the Wildcats’ wheelchair rugby team. Ducey toured the UA’s adaptive athletics facilities and dedicated a new golf simulator on Tuesday. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Gov. Doug Ducey stood near the sideline of a basketball court inside the UA’s Campus Rec Center, scanned the athletes and facilities around him, and practically cheered.

“I’ve been doing this for five years … and this is the first I’ve seen any of this,” Ducey told UA president Robert C. Robbins, one of the half-dozen power brokers who gathered Tuesday for a tour and dedication.

Tuesday was a day to impress for the UA’s nationally renowned adaptive athletics program. Organizers took Ducey, Robbins and a cadre of dignitaries, including Tucson auto dealer Jim Click and former UA president Peter Likins, on a tour of the UA’s sparkling Disability Resource Center. Then they watched the Wildcats’ nationally acclaimed wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby teams compete inside the rec center before dedicating a new adaptive golf simulator upstairs.

Ducey, making his 68th trip to Southern Arizona as governor, called it “my most memorable visit to the UA.”

“I’m proud that Arizona’s leading as an adaptive athletics system,” Ducey said, wearing a red and blue striped tie that could have come from Sean Miller’s sideline collection. (For those who care about such things, the governor holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University, but in 2006 was named Entrepreneurial Fellow at the UA’s Eller College of Management).

The praise was mutual. Tuesday’s event doubled as a thank you to state lawmakers, who appropriated $160,000 to the Arizona Board of Regents in the 2020 budget earmarked for the state’s adaptive athletics programs.

Since the UA is the only in-state school to offer adaptive athletics, it will receive the full sum. Money will be spent on scholarships, uniforms and transportation, giving financial firepower to a program that’s long been considered among the nation’s best. The Disability Resource Center includes a “Wall of Paralympians” that showcases the 38 current and former UA athletes and coaches who have represented the United States. Six Paralympians are currently on campus as players or coaches.

Arizona’s teams are particularly impressive. The Wildcats’ wheelchair rugby team practiced Tuesday under a pair of banners commemorating their 2018 and 2019 USQRA national titles. The wheelchair basketball team played for more than an hour, producing highlight-reel plays when Ducey, Robbins, Click and crew arrived. Arizona’s women won national championships in 2012 and 2014 with Peter Hughes, the UA’s current director of adaptive athletics, in charge.

In all, 50 UA students take part in adaptive athletics annually, with the program also featuring students from Pima College and members of the Tucson community.

Those who participate in the adaptive athletics program are better suited to life after college, Hughes said. Research shows that nationally, people who use wheelchairs have an 18% employment rate. Among those who have a college education and play adaptive athletics, the employment rate rises to 53%.

“These are true champions in each sense of the word,” Ducey said.

The one-time allotment from the Legislature came with some minor strings attached. The adaptive athletics program had to prove that it could match the funds, receiving only as much as it could match up to $160,000. An endowment from Click allows the adaptive athletics program to draw down $40,000 annually, and the Jim Click Run N’ Roll — a longtime fundraiser scheduled this year for Oct. 6 — brings in an additional $90,000 per year.

The UA’s wheelchair basketball team plays before the Red-Blue Game every year, receiving between $8,000-$12,000 from the Wildcats’ athletic department.

There are other private donations, too, and additional gifts that might not show up on the balance sheet.

The UA’s new state-of-the-art golf simulator was built by TeeItUp Enterprises at a significant discount.

Hughes met TeeItUp’s managing partner, Jon Moore, on a flight five years ago. When Moore’s son lost his vision following brain surgery, the golf simulator boss reached out to Hughes and asked how he could help the UA’s cause.

The result: a new simulator located inside a former racquetball court at the rec center. It’s mobile, and can be rented out as a separate source of revenue.

As a result, “thanks to Pete Likins and Dr. Robbins, this university probably has more outreach for people with disabilities than any university in the United States of America” Click said. “This university welcomes everybody.”

The next step, UA officials agree, is to find in-state competition.

“We want our own Territorial Cup,” Hughes said to the governor. “We want to take them down.”

New E6 Analytics just released.

E6Golfers,Introducing the all new Scorecard, Statistics, and Advanced Analytics features to portal.e6golf.comWe invite E6Golfers to experience these new data visualization features to help better understand their games. The Scorecard and Statistics features update in real time – so log in during your round and enhance your virtual golf round with a true second screen experience. These features will be included with the E6 CONNECT Standard license.SCORECARDThis provides a statistical overview of your round hole-by-hole. Includes analytics like: Fairways Hit, Sand Save, Greens in Regulation, Putts, Mulligans Taken, and Penalties.STATISTICSGraphical Representation of your Round Performance versus your Historical Performance Colored portion of the donut graph represents the round, the darker portion represents your total performance of recorded E6 CONNECT Rounds.Check it Out!ADVANCED ANALYTICS With Advanced Analytics users can load round history and visualize performance hole by hole, with a Top Down View. This will work for Driving Range Sessions or Course Play. Advanced Analytics for E6 CONNECT is designed for players who want to “deep-dive” into their shot data and look at trends over time.Advanced Analytics was developed with Gungho Golf.Check it Out!

Update on Soloriders…

We now have the whole SoloRider lineup on our website for adaptive athletes and golf courses who want to comply with ADA and also increase your cart revenue. SoloRiders have proven that you can decrease your pace of play by as much as 35%. We have consumer financing and commercial lease financing as well as fleet financing for golf facilities.

Solorider Game Changer, Life Changer

Important Note

Starting September 10th we will be offering “gently used” Soloriders for resale to qualified retail customers. All of these units will go through a 58 point Quality check and will include replacement batteries and charging units when needed. These units will be offered with a limited 180 day warranty as well as the ability to purchase an extended 2 and 3 year warranty. For those who wish some customization, on select units we can provide vehicle wraps, custom upholstery and upgraded electronics. Stay tuned to our web store for inventory updates and pricing. These will be available on a “first come, first served” basis. We expect sales on these units to be brisk so check the store often.

How to use the power of positive thinking to improve your game

Lexi Thompson

When you’re preparing for your next shot, try think about what you WANT to do, not what you don’t want.

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