LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The best one-armed golfers in the world have arrived in Louisville.
Louisville native Alan Gentry was one of the organizers of the North American One-Armed Golfer Association. So it's fitting that the 15th anniversary of the national championship is back in his hometown. His home course, South Park Country Club hosted the first event in 2001 and it will be in the rotation of courses to host this week's event. And the players are here from all over.
"We have players coming from 16 States, three Canadian Provinces, Ireland, South Africa and Sweden, from all over the world, " said Gentry who along with helping organize the event is also one of the competitors.
Four courses in the area will be used beginning with Covered Bridge in Southern Indiana Monday. That will be followed by another 18 holes Tuesday at Harmony Landing in Goshen. The top eight players in three divisions (Unassisted, Assisted and Net) will then move on to match play Wednesday at Oxmoor Country Club with the final matches being played Thursday at South Park Country Club.
It's a chance for the public to see some terrific golf and terrific stories.
"It's a great place to bring your kids, very inspirational to see what challenges these kids go through and how good some of them really are," said Gentry. "We've got the four best one-armed players in the entire world right here this week."
Perhaps the one to beat is 25-year-old Jesse Florkowski of Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada. He routinely beats able-bodied players in tournaments and played in this event for the first time last year and won the unassisted division. There's not a lot of golf to be played in the long winter months in Medicine Hat, so Florkowski is also a very talented bowler, with ten 300 games.
Play begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 am Monday at Covered Bridge.