This week I volunteered to assist in the Canadian Amputee National Open golf tournament held at our club.  Players (men and women) must be missing at least one leg or one arm.  There are several amputee tournaments each year but this is the Canadian Open Championship and there is a US version in Virginia.  The players range in age from 30s to at least one 78 year old (there are various categories but they all play the rounds at the same time)

I was asked to be a forecaddie.  That is a caddy for a foursome without carrying the bags.  My duties included raking after them in the bunkers, replacing divots, searching for lost balls and holding the flag as well as giving whatever advice about the course that in my limited skill level, I could provide.  I also held clubs and occasionally helped them in and out of steep bunkers.    A three day tournament.

With the physical limitations and it being a mixed tournament, the rounds were at least 5 hours. Fortunately everyone on carts including me.

It was a great experience and I met some wonderful people.  Some were not that great at golf (one lady in one of my foursomes shot 120) but there were players with one leg shooting 70.  I had 3 different groups and they were interesting people and they all thanked me profusely for helping.  An inspirational group but a few in particular come to mind.

There was Mark who only has one arm (his left) and played with only one arm (others played with a prosthetic) .  Mark hit long and straight.  His setup and routine before each shot I could learn from.

Many players had only one leg but played with a prosthetic, but Chris did not have a trace of a left leg so moved around on crutches and used a bit of a stool to sit on when he shot, and he hit a ton.  I had one 78 year old who prided himself on winning the super senior category the previous year and shot an 84 in miserable wet conditions.

I tell ya.  When I play in the future and some guy says his game is off because his back hurts or his knee is bothering him, I will have some stories to tell.