Golfers go for the gold in Special Olympics event

Special Olympics golf in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Sixteen athletes hit the links at Diamondback Golf Course on Sunday to take part in the Special Olympics golf competition.

Each athlete was paired with a United Partner, or someone without disabilities, to go for the gold across all eighteen holes.

The event drew in golfers from as far away as Amarillo. Bob Ellis, who was golfing with Steven Hustead, says, "It was awesome. We had a great time."

It may have rained, but nobody seemed to mind. Ellis says, "We know it's been hot down here, and we were kind of afraid of that. But it's been beautiful."

Despite a few forays into the rough, some balls lost to the water hazard, and a number of balls firmly lodged in the bunker, smiles all around show how much everyone was enjoying the day.

Sherri Odaniel, partnered with Chris Burress, says that the experience is "a real blessing" and enjoys working with the golfers, "to spend time with them, and coach them, and be positive for them, and give them an experience that they might not otherwise get to do."

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