The Hudson Chapter of Special Olympics Golf Team completed a successful 2018 season.
In addition to its weekly practice at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club, the team competed in the Area 10 Regional Tournament Aug. 7 at the Riceland Golf Course in Orrville.
Three members of the team advanced to the state tournament, which took place Sept. 18 and 19 in Cincinnati. The team is coached by Hudson resident Chip Booth.
The golf team includes both individual golfers and two-person unified teams. The unified teams are part of the Unified Sports Program of Special Olympics. The unified program partners disabled athletes with their non-disabled peers for competitive team sports. The partner is not there to golf for the Special Olympian, but to partner together as a team.
The team sent one individual and eight unified teams to the Area 10 Regional Tournament.
David Rabinowitz earned a first-place finish in the individual competition. The divisional results of the Unified competition included William and Jim Shawcross (first), David Spurlock and Dan Ledenican (second), Brian Booth and Tom Patterson (third), Amy Forde and Sheila Slife (third), Adam Musarro and Roger Hird (third), Ian Wilson and Sherry Newill (third), Ben Cartwright and Chip Booth (fourth) and Brennan Strobach and Bruce Hubach (fourth).
The state tournament took place at Meadow Links and The Mill golf courses which are both part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County. Rabinowitz competed in the individual competition and earned a fourth-place ribbon on The Mill course.
The two unified teams competed on the Meadow Links course. Wilson and Newill earned gold medals while Cartwright and Booth earned bronze medals.
The Hudson Chapter is open to anyone with an intellectual disability, who is at least 8 years old, and lives within the Hudson city school district boundaries. Monetary support is provided by the community.
The chapter is led by Hudson resident Peter Chatigny, who is the chapter’s local coordinator. Volunteers are welcome to join the golf team as unified partners. Additional information about Hudson Special Olympics is available at www.hudsonspecialolympics.org.