August 11, 2013
I Care: Program gives disabled opportunity to enjoy golf

LS I CARE 2.jpg From the back of an adaptive golf cart, Haley Sullivan seems only half as amazed at putting a hole-in-one as Janie Bucher and Mack Champ, volunteers with the California Eagles golf program. The putting green at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is transformed into a 9-hole string-putting course, with hazards, as 85 golfers with disabilities compete in groups of different skill levels, hoping to win a putter. The string-putting contest and ice-cream social is a highlight of the California Eagles season. The group meets weekly from April-September and is celebrating 30 years at Haggin Oaks. The goal is to provide people with special needs opportunities to enjoy golf. As program director, Bucher says she's fallen in love with all of the athletes. "It makes my life worthwhile," she says. "I learn way more from them than they ever learn from me."

The California Eagles meet from 5:30 to 7:00 pm every Tuesday at Haggin Oaks and from 5:30 to 7:00 pm every Monday at Land Park. Registration is open throughout the season. For more information, call Janie Bucher - (916) 765-0870 or go online at:



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