Appreciating Golf, Through Hardship And Disabilities

Dick Pomo, of Green Valley, Arizona

Dick Pomo comes all the way from Green Valley, Arizona, to compete in the Corcoran Cup at Mount Kisco Country Club for one simple reason: His guide dog Tanya came from Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown. He’s coached by his wife, Sharon, and has been playing golf for 40 years.

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Mike Jimenez, 62, of Hartsdale

Jimenez suffered a stroke in 2008, but it didn’t take away his love for golf. Today, he indulges it with range sessions using a highly effective one-armed swing from a wheelchair.

Gary Pillersdorf, 68, of Scarsdale

PGA instructor Paula Slivinsky (left, below) leads a clinic sponsored by the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. She says, “Golf is a game anyone can play because you don’t have to be limited by your physical capability. Our goal is to find a way to swing the club—the so-called ‘ideal’ golf swing doesn’t exist anyway.” Gary Pillersdorf, 68, of Scarsdale, and a member of Elmwood Country Club for many years, didn’t lose his sense of humor despite losing a leg seven years ago. He says, “My favorite club is still a foot wedge.” 

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