Mill Creek Golf Course will host an Adaptive Golf program this fall as part of a pilot program for 2018. The Mill Creek golf professional staff of Brian Tolnar, Andy Santor and Stacie Butler recently became certified to teach Adaptive Golf by the PGA of America this past April in Columbus, Ohio. The adaptive program will be taught by the professional staff at Mill Creek and instruct handicapped players, disabled golfers and military members who were injured in combat. Participants will learn all the skills necessary to play the game of golf. A program date of Wednesday, September 12, 2018 has been selected for the one-day pilot program at Mill Creek Golf Course, with details becoming available later this summer. “The staff and I are excited to have learned the skills necessary to be involved with this new player developmental program which has so much to offer to its participants. It’s a great way for us to share the game we all enjoy along with being able to offer new recreational opportunities at the MetroParks,” says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf. Beyond the pilot program set for this fall, Mill Creek is looking to host a four-week program in the spring and a two-week program in the fall of 2019. This will be in conjunction with the PGA Hope Initiative set forth by the PGA of America and Northern Ohio PGA Section.
The Adaptive Golf Program is an addition to adaptive programs in tennis, softball and lacrosse which will be offered this summer by Mill Creek MetroParks in collaboration with Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO). For the second year, ASPO staff will be providing free instruction in wheelchair tennis basics to participants of any age who have a permanent disability. This year, the Adaptive Tennis program will be held on the new tennis courts at Volney Rogers Field, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 – 7:30 pm, from May 1 through May 31. Those interested in participating in this free program are asked to call Ford Nature Center to register.
The MetroParks is excited to offer for the first time, programs instructed by ASPO for Adaptive Softball and Adaptive LaCrosse, to be held in June/July and July/August respectively. Like Adaptive Tennis, anyone with a permanent disability is welcome to enjoy these free programs. Details are available in our calendar, or by calling 330.740.7107.