July, 2011, Gettysburg, PA- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. is proud to announce its recent sponsorship of the 25th Annual Eastern Regional Amputee Golf Championship which will be held July 29-31, 2011 at Downingtown Country Club, in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The Eastern Regional Championship will be a 36-hole event that is played over a 2-day period beginning on Saturday, July 30th. A shotgun will note the start of the first round on Saturday at 8:00 AM and will finish on Sunday July 31st with the final round shotgun starting at 8:00 AM.
“We are proud to sponsor this event. All the participating golfers are truly remarkable,” says Jeffrey M.Brandt, CEO of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. “It is a testament to their courage and commitment,and it dovetails nicely with our corporate commitment to the amputee community. The two gentlemen I played with last year had not picked up a club since their amputations over two years ago. It was a huge boost of confidence for them.”
EAGA was formed by Bob Buck, a retired National Amputee Golf Association’s Eastern Trustee, as well as others who were interested in developing a regional amputee golf association. Incorporated in Bethlehem, PA in February 1987 as an affiliate of the National Amputee Golf Association, EAGA covers 13 eastern states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia, among many others.
Says Bob Buck, “We encourage the public and media to come to Downingtown and see some amazing golf. Area amputee golfers will gather for some great golf and friendship. Defending Champion Adam Benza, below knee amputee from Hellertown, PA (79-73) will be back. Downingtown Golf Club’s own John Sperone, an above knee amputee from Glen Mills, PA and former two time PA Amputee Open Champion, Former Eastern Regional Champions Robert Osbahr (2007), Old Bridge, NJ, Kenny Bontz (2008), Farmingdale, PA & 18 year old Tyler Earle (2009), Bethlehem, PA, all above knee amputees will also be in the field. Also attending will be the Women’s Defending Champion, Kellie Valentine of McKean, PA who has set the Women’s scoring record of 88-87-175 playing one handed.”
Membership is open to any individual who has suffered the loss of one or more extremities at a major joint. Those who possess other types of amputations are considered for membership on an individual basis. Associate and Life Memberships are available to non-amputees. Those interested from all around the United States and the World are encouraged and welcome to become members.
EAGA is a not for profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization formed to encourage the medium of golf as a rehabilitational and recreational activity for amputees and other individuals with disabilities as well as their families. Participants from all over the United States, as well as Canada, are encouraged to attend and participate. EAGA will actively seek coverage by local and regional newspapers and television media.
The purpose of EAGA is to organize and conduct amputee golfing events and “Learn to Golf” clinics for any physically challenged individual, provide communication between its members and act as a bridge between its members and the National Association.