By Shaun Ryan
With masks dutifully donned, temperatures examined and social distancing noticed, about 20 youngsters and youths and their households turned out Tuesday, Oct. 13, at TPC Sawgrass for the Tesori Household Basis’s All-Star Children Clinic.
However the addition of CDC precautions within the wake of COVID-19 didn’t diminish the acquainted enjoyable for the younger golfers who had been again for extra alternatives to enhance their expertise or whack a particular “ball” at an enormous, inflatable gorilla.
The clinic, hosted by the muse in cooperation with the PGA TOUR, brings collectively youngsters and youths between the ages of 8 and 18 with particular wants for one-on-one instruction and a day of enjoyable and laughter.
Members of the First Tee of North Florida had been available to supply steerage, instruction and help. LPGA participant Amelia Lewis additionally returned to supply assist and encouragement.
The primary clinic was held in August 2014, and since then it has grown to serve greater than 200 youngsters in Ponte Vedra; Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina; and Jackson, Mississippi – all PGA TOUR stops.
The inspiration was established in 2009 by Paul Tesori of St. Augustine and spouse Michelle to provide again to these in want in Northeast Florida. After the start of son Isaiah, who has Down syndrome, it was expanded to supply programming for kids with particular wants all through the USA.
“We’re excited to introduce the sport to those youngsters,” stated Paul Tesori. “It’s a recreation that’s been past good to me.”
Tesori has been caddying on the PGA TOUR for greater than 20 years, 10 of which he was with 2018 PLAYERS champion Webb Simpson.
Isaiah was in attendance Monday to affix within the enjoyable. He led the prayer at the beginning of the festivities.
“Religion could be very, crucial to Michelle and I,” Tesori advised these gathered on the follow facility. “It’s what introduced us collectively. And I nonetheless imagine in my coronary heart that’s why we’ve been blessed with this younger man over right here who occurs to have that additional chromosome.”
Past studying to benefit from the recreation of golf, Tesori stated it’s good for the youngsters’s hand-eye coordination.
He identified how special-needs youngsters are sometimes proud of any accomplishment.
“I actually do imagine youngsters with particular wants, they see the world another way, a purer manner, an easier manner,” he stated, contrasting that with the frustration and negativity of others.
Lewis stated she was glad to be invited again to the clinic for a second yr.
“It means a lot,” she stated. “I imply, these youngsters are a lot enjoyable to be round.”
She stated golf is the sort of enjoyable exercise the children may do with their dad and mom.
Addressing the households gathered for the clinic, Tesori acknowledged that some days had been laborious however added that there have been “many, many extra superb days.”
He stated special-needs youngsters are neither an accident nor damaged.
“You’re a blessing to us,” he advised the younger All-Stars.