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Waco hosts amputee golf tournament

Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 8:46 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Waco is the latest Texas city to host an amputee golf tournament.

The Southwest Amputee Golf Association (SWAGA) held the event at Cottonwood Country Club for the second straight year.

The golf tournament is the perfect chance for amputees and people with other physical disabilities to be around others that have experience similar adversity.

The biggest goal is to help young men and women see that there is life after a disaster like losing a limb

For the group’s founder, Roy McCoy, that disaster struck while serving in Vietnam in 1966.

After a landmine blew off his right leg, he spent 2 years in a Corpus Christi hospital, before practically starting his life again from scratch.

McCoy remembers, “I had to learn to walk all over again, like a little baby taking its first steps.”

It was golf that helped him get his life back.

“One of my doctor’s was an avid golfer. He said, ‘it looks like you are going to walk again, so go to a driving range and hit golf balls. That will give you your strength and balance back. So that is where it started for me.”

His experience inspired him to start SWAGA 40 years ago.

Now, he hopes the event allows amputees of all different backgrounds to lean on each other for support.

“I have had younger guys say, ‘girls won’t like me now that I have lost my leg.’ They will like you. I got married and she wasn’t ugly, she is a nice-looking woman, so...” laughs McCoy.

On a serious note, Roy says he has had a full life: including a great job and three kids.

He hopes that younger amputees can use stories like his to push through the hard times.

“Just be able to tell them that things are going to be better than they are today. You can look at these old guys and see because they have been through it.”

Of course, the golf tournament is full of competition as well.

“To make it fun for them, we split it up into flights. Then we have trophies and rewards for the different flights. It gives everybody a chance to compete against people whose skills are the same.”

It is free for amputees under the age of 17 to compete in the group’s events!

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