The Hudson Chapter of Special Olympics golf team completed a successful 2019 season.
In addition to its weekly practice at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club, the team competed in the Area 10 regional tournament Aug. 6 at Riceland Golf Course in Orrville.
One individual and two unified teams advanced to the state tournament, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 17 and 18 at Meadow Links Golf Course in Cincinnati. The team is coached by Hudson resident Chip Booth.
The 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 nine unified teams to the Area 10 regional tournament. David Rabinowitz placed first in the individual competition.
The divisional results of the unified competition included Ben Cartwright and Chip Booth, who placed first; Alex Cremer and Harry Jones (first); Amy Forde and Mary Hird (first); Brennan Strobach and Tom Patterson (first); Brian Booth and Bruce Hubach (second); Adam Mussaro and Roger Hird (second); William and Jim Shawcross (second); Nicholas and Paul Savelli (third); and Ian Wilson and John Kralik (third).
One of the highlights of the tournament was recorded by Strobach, who sank a birdie putt.
Rabinowitz and the unified teams of Wilson and Kralik and Cartwright and Chip Booth are expected to represent Hudson at the state tournament.
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.