Remember THAT advert, you know, the one John Carlton wrote about the one-legged golfer?
I wonder if this guy bought the course.
If he can become a top golfer on one leg, what’s keeping most people from succeeding in their chosen fields… with two legs, two arms, two eyes, two ears… a brain… you get the point.
One-legged golfer becomes top player
By FRED ATTEWILL – Wednesday, September 30, 2009
He might have lost a leg in a car accident but Manuel de los santos never lost his natural balance.
Now the former baseball hopeful is set to achieve his dream of teeing off at the home of golf as one of Europe’s top disabled players.
The 25-year-old is playing alongside able-bodied amateurs and professionals at St Andrews in a four-day tournament starting tomorrow.
Mr de los Santos had his left leg amputated aged 18 when he was knocked over by a car but he refuses to wear a prosthetic limb.
Instead he has relied on his balance and perfect swing to achieve a handicap of just three.
And the Dominican Republic-born golfer prefers to use crutches than ride a buggy between shots. ‘I’m an athlete. I walk,’ he said.
He will join stars of the game including Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els during the tournament which also takes in two other Scottish courses, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
‘My dream has come true,’ he said. mr de los Santos only took up golf after moving to France with his Spanish wife Elena following his accident in 2003.
One evening she brought home the film The Legend Of Bagger Vance – about a golfer overcoming adversity – and he noticed the golf swing was similar to the baseball swing. He was instantly hooked. ‘I hit four balls and I immediately felt good. I felt well balanced. I said that’s what I can do! Let’s go!’ In 2005 he joined the French ‘Handigolf’ association and with a tough training schedule after six months won the Spanish Open.
‘I decided to devote myself 100 per cent to golf,’ he said. ‘I felt ready to consider a new life and start a new struggle to get results.’