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What is First Swing?

NAGA in conjunction with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust and the Professional Golf Association (PGA) sponsors nationwide "First Swing" seminars and "Learn to Golf" clinics annually.  The one-or-two day clinics bring golf professionals, physical and recreational therapists, and the physically challenged together to teach, learn, and enjoy golf.

The First Swing began in 1988 and was developed and perfected by a double below knee amputee, Bob Wilson, National Amputee Golf Association Executive Director. The program was designed to instruct therapists to teach and encourage the disabled to learn, or re-learn, the game of golf — not only because just about every physically challenged individual, regardless of age, is able to play, but also because it contributes dramatically to the individual’s emotional and physical well-being, instilling self-confidence and pride in personal achievement.

The First Swing also enables the individual to enjoy the unique, friendly atmosphere found on the golf course.   Rehabilitation hospitals, parks, recreational departments and prosthetic and orthotic centers host the one or two-day program. 

The first day of the program teaches the basics of the game to therapists and others interested in correctly teaching the disabled. The rules of golf and the singular differences presented by various types of disabled individuals are discussed. Participants are invited to swing a club standing on one leg, sitting in a wheel chair, using only one hand, etc., to better appreciate the demands that will be made on their educational training in teaching others. The second day is devoted to instructing the disabled participants attending the learn to golf clinic phase of the program under the supervision of NAGA instructors.

The program is open to every disabled individual and is offered at no cost to the host facility Click here for information on how to set up a First Swing or contact NAGA.

For a list of instructors in your area, Click here.


NAGA's 2007 First Swing Seminars 

 Learn to Golf Clinics Schedule


Last Updated November 28 2012 19:14:36.

2007 NAGA "First Swing" Seminars and "Learn to Golf" Clinics for Persons with 
Physical Disabilities

April 20th
Rockville, MD (Woodmont Country Club)
Disabled Sports USA
Julia Ray Phone: 301-217-9840
451 Hungerford Dr, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850

April 24th
Charlottesville, VA (Meadowcreek Golf Course)
Charlottesville Rec. & Leisure Svcs.
Mildred Spicer Phone: 434-970-3264
P.O. Box 911, Charlottsville, VA 22902

April 25th
Philadelphia, PA (Burholme Golf Center)
Moss Rehab Hospital
Kristen Gebhardt, CTRS Phone:215-663-6717
60 E Township Line Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027

May 4th
Center Valley, PA (Center Valley Club)
Good Shepard Rehab Hospital
Linda Bolliinger, CTRS, Phone: 610-776-3588
501 St. John St., Allentown, PA 18103-3296

May 4th & 5th
Inglewood, CA (Lakes-El Segundo Golf Course)
Centinela Freeman Hospital
Karen Roseman RPT, Phone: 310-674-7050 ext 3107
333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood Ca 90301

May 7th
Piscataway, NJ (Fairway Golf Center)
JFK Rehab Institute P & O Clinic
Sue Callaghan, PT Phone: 732-321-7056
65 James St., Edison, NJ 08818

May 10th
Saddlebrook, NJ (Willowbrook Golf Center)
Kessler Institute for Rehab
Ann Marie Chesterman Phone: 201-368-6012
300 Market St., Saddlebrook, NJ 07666

May 14th
Lyons, NJ (MAVERIC Driving Range & Learning Center)
VA Medical Center
Bob Valentino Phone: 908-647-0180 xt 6884
151 Knollcroft Rd., Building 57, Room 148, Lyons, NJ 07939-5000

May 16th
Marlton, NJ (Indian Springs Golf Club)
Marlton Rehab Hospital
Elizabeth Louie, CTRS Phone: 856-988-8778 x 2033
92 Brick Dr., Marlton, NJ 08053

May 18th
Elkridge, MD (The Timbers at Troy)
Nascott Rehabilitation Services
Jason Bulger Phone: 800-535-6556 x2159
2301-C Broadbirch Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20904

May 21st
Lincoln, CA
(Lincoln Hills Club)
Paul Apfel Phone: 916 408-1308
1005 Sun City Lane, Lincoln, California 95648

May 24th
Elmsford, NY (Fairview Golf Center)
Burke Rehab Hospital
Deirdre Otto, CTRS Phone: 914-597-2355
785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605

May 25th
Waterville, ME (Waterville Country Club)
Waterville Area ASG & Hanger P&O
Kim Collett PT Phone: 207-872-4400
Seton Rehab, 30 Chase Ave., Waterville, ME 04901

June TBA
Harrison Township, MI
St. John North Shores Hospital
Claudia Cartwright Phone: 586-466-5354

June 1st
Schenectady, NY (Stadium Golf Course)
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
Connie Todt, CTRS Phone: 518-382-4576
1270 Belmont Ave., Schenectady, NY 12308

June 2nd
Baltimore, MD (Pine Ridge Golf Course)
Kernan Rehab Hospital
Pam Cauley, CTRS Phone: 410-448-6320
2200 Kernan Dr., Baltimore, MD 21207

June 2nd
Braintree, MA (Braintree Municipal Golf Course)
Braintree Muncipal G C
Bob Beach, PGA Phone: 781-843-6513
101 Jefferson St., Braintree, MA 02184

June 4th & 5th
Wilsonville OR
(Langdon Farms GC)
Patty Brescia, Senior Services Manager Phone: 503-570-1525
7965 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville, OR 97070

June 8th & 9th
Lincoln, NE (Lincoln GC)
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Susan Fager, MS CCC-SLP Phone 402-483-9554 / 9459
5401 South Street, Lincoln, NE 68506

June 15th
Addison, IL (Addison Links and Tees)
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF)
Robin Burton, Exec. Dir. (215-752-5756)
750 Bridgeview Rd., Langhorne, PA 19053

June 15th & 16th
Trempealeau, WI
(Trempealeau GC)
Bill Pearse PGA Phone: 608-534-7417
Trempealeau, WI 54661

June 20th
Fort Monmouth, NJ (Suneagles Golf Course)
Manfredi Orthotics & Prosthetics
Jean Manfredi Phone: 732-222-0366
289 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740

June 21st
Hershey, PA (Hershey Country Club)
Hershey Medical Center
Jack Van Skike Phone: 717-948-5101
383 Aspen St, Middletown, PA 17057

June 22nd
Scotch Plains, NJ (Ash Brook Golf Course)
Co. of Union, NJ Parks & Recreation
Ellen Chase Phone: 908-527-4096
Union Co. Admin. Building, Elizabeth, NJ 07207

June 28th
Farmingdale, NY (Heartland Golf Center)
Brunswick Hospital Center
Carol Chamoff, PT Phone: 631-789-7333
366 Broadway, Amityville, NY 11701

June TBA
Piscataway, NJ (Raritan Landing GC)
Middlesex Co. Improvement Society
Lane Leal Phone: 609-655-5141
101 Interchange Plaza, Cranbury, NJ 08512

July 15th
Killington, VT
(Green Mountain National GC)
pat whitney Phone: 802-442-4653
P O Box 429, Killington, VT 05751

July 20th & 21st
Chaska, MN
(Hazeltine National Golf Club)
Mark Josefson Phone: 852-201-1463
1900 Hazeltine Blvd., Chaska, MN 55318

July 30th - 31st
Seattle, WA
(American Lake GC)
Kristie Goedhard, CTRS Phone: 206-277-6683
VAPSCHS 1660 S. Columbian Way (S-117-RCS)
Seattle, WA 98108-1532

August 2nd
Apalachin, NY (The Links at Hiawatha Landing)
Creative O&P & United Hospital Svcs.
John Michael Goff Phone: 607-733-5280
310 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14901

August 17th
Windham, NY (Christman’s Windham House GC)
Adaptive Sports Foundation
Pam Greene Phone: 518-734-5070)
P.O. Box 266, 100 Siverman Way, Windham, NY 12496

September 7th
Hanover, PA (South Hills GC)
Amputee Support Team & DSUSA
Tommy Wade Phone: 717-630-8326
340 Grant Dr., Hanover, PA 17331

September 8th
Cranston, RI (Mulligan’s Island Club)
First Swing Rhode Island
Dan Clawson Phone: 877-444-3374
7408 Post Rd., North Kingstown, RI 02852

September 13th
New Hartford, NY (Stonebridge Golf & Country Club)
Sitrin Medical Rehab Center
Marc DePerno, PT Phone: 315-797-3114 xt 459
2050 Tilden Ave.,
New Hartford, NY 13413

September 14th
Pomona, NJ (Pomona Golf & CC)
Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation
Beth Hoffman Phone: 609-748-2081
61 W. Jim Leeds Rd., Pomona, NJ 08240

October 12th
Rockville, MD (Woodmont Country Club)
Disabled Sports USA
Julia Ray Phone: 301-217-9840
451 Hungerford Dr, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850

* “First Swing” Seminars for Recreation Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Park & Recreation Directors, PGA, LPGA, USGTA Professionals. Attendees may receive CEU credits/hours. All events are "Learn to Golf" clinics for Individuals with Disabilities.

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