In 2001, Navy Golf Course PGA head professional and director of golf Joe Grohman attended a United States Blind Golf Association clinic in Los Angeles. He was so moved that he invited the group to a clinic at the Cypress facility where he works.
Grohman has held the clinic there ever since, with the event on June 30, 2014. He said the years have passed quickly because hosting clinics for physically challenged golfers is fun for him.
“When you see how much joy participants get, how could you not [be involved]?,” he said.
“They’re just awesome,” Grohman said of the participants – campers from the Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield.
Bill Davis, an accomplished Southern California triathelete and world champion golfer who is legally blind, was enthusiastic when Grohman contacted him. Davis is a key part of the group Grohman refers to as “the team,” a network of a dozen Southern California PGA pros and others who call on one another to staff clinics across the region.
Only with the help of management and staff at Navy Golf Course and active community groups, Grohman said, are the clinics possible. Volunteers from the Tiger Woods Learning Center, First Tee of South Los Angeles, Johnson Junior Golf, USBGA, the Navy Golf Course’s Men’s and Ladies’ Clubs, and Guide Dogs for the Blind assisted with the clinic.
Grohman said that hosting the clinics fits with three of his personal commitments — use golf to give back, bring joy and connect with people.
There were Guide Dog Puppies in Training from Guide Dogs for the Blind for the campers to meet and pet. These puppies were from 3 local Guide Dog Puppy clubs along with their puppy raisers. For information about being a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind