Special Olympics golf season comes to close

Morrow County’s Special Olympics golf program ended Wednesday as five Unified teams and one individual golfer participated in the state Special Olympics golf tournament in Cincinnati.

For 24 years, Meadow Links Golf Academy has hosted this statewide event. The numbers continue to grow as the two-day tournament now has to use the nearby Mill Course to handle the overflow of players. The early wake-up call, to be in Cincinnati by 8:30 a.m., may have had an effect on the usually competitive teams Morrow County sends to the tournament.

Three of the five teams took fourth place ribbons in their divisions: Jason and Larry Pryor shot 59, Glenn LaVan and Vinal Terry shot 69 and Cody McGee and Don Barchus shot 72. John Higgins and Murrel Riley took a sixth place with a 90.

The lone Unified team to medal was Chad Wogan and Zach Courtad shooting a 51, good enough for a silver medal. Mike Knipp, the only individual golfer this year, played his best round of the year, shooting 49 and bringing home the only gold medal.

A big thank you goes to the partners that take their time, talents and energy to team up with Special Olympic golfers and keep the Unified golf program moving forward. Also, Pine Lakes provides a great place for league play and preparations for area and state competition.

Anyone who enjoys golf and would like more information on how to become a Unified golf partner or wants to know more about Morrow County Special Olympics may contact Don Barchus at 419-947-7045.

Information received from Don Barchus.