Adaptive Golf Challenge Brings Community Together

Augusta, GA—Imagine living with a brain injury, spinal cord injury or disability related to age or stroke. Now imagine living in one of the nation’s golf meccas, Augusta, Georgia.

It’s a natural fit to offer the adaptive version of golf for local golfers with disabilities, which is what the Walton Foundation for Independence has done for the past 12 years. And on Monday, October 17, the community has a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of Walton Foundation for Independence’s adaptive golf program for itself.

The 12th annual Adaptive Golf Challenge invites community golfers to team up with adaptive players for a day of fun and competitive play and is also a fundraiser for the foundation’s free monthly adaptive golf clinics in Augusta and Aiken.

It’s a one-of-a-kind event, where the frustrations of the challenging game often melt away for those participating. “I’ve played in this tournament for the past 10 years,” said Skip Smith, chair of the Adaptive Golf Committee. “There’s no other event like it. When I play in this tournament, I realize I never have a bad day on the golf course.”

The annual challenge—also a season-ending celebration for Walton Foundation’s adaptive golf clinics—takes place at Forest Hills Golf Club, 1500 Comfort Rd.

Community golfers, sponsors and hole sponsors are invited to sign up now. Cost per player is $60; adaptive players play free. Lunch and a cookout dinner are also provided. Registration is at 9 a.m. and shotgun start is at 11 a.m.

The event is also supported by the National Alliance for Accessible Golf and State Farm.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor or to register a team, contact Haley Hamam at 706-826-5809 or email






Walton Foundation for Independence inspires philanthropy and supports programs and services to create an inclusive lifestyle for people with disabilities in the CSRA so they can live, work and play successfully. This includes accessible independent living settings throughout the CSRA for families with disabilities and for seniors. WFI also partners with Walton Options for Independent Living, which strives to empower people of all ages regardless of disability by promoting personal choice, independence, community inclusion and competitive employment. For more information, visit