Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaching the Fundamentals of Golf

SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Jin-ho Chang struts toward the driving range, his bright blue Callaway bag bouncing across his back, seemingly like any other golfer enjoying a sunny afternoon.
But Chang, a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome, is unmistakably engaged in the details and dynamics of his golfing experience. On his journey from the putting green, Chang taps strangers on the shoulder, offering a high five and a gestural explanation of where his golf balls are stored (in the pocket next to his shiny white golf glove) and which clubs he wants to use first (his 9-iron, then his 5-iron). He communicates through simple pointing, and an awfully big smile.
Chang joined with other children from the Montgomery Special Olympics in Somerset County for five Monday sessions in the early summer to learn golf. Their instructors at the Cherry Valley Country Club are members of the Montgomery High golf team.

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