Here’s a testament to triumph over near-insurmountable obstacles: a 26-year-old golfer born without hands has drained a hole-in-one. Even better: it was his second ace.
Golf.com brings us the story of Brandon Canesi, a 26-year-old golfer from New Jersey. Born without hands, Canesi has nonetheless spent the last two decades on the course, courtesy of some modified clubs with longer shafts and adjusted grips.
Earlier this week, Canesi was playing at the Wizard Golf Club in Conway, S.C. and stepped up to the 150-yard par-3 17th hole. Canesi played a slight draw with his seven-iron, allowing for a touch of breeze, and, well … see for yourself. (Language warning: don’t listen to this at work without headphones. These guys got VERY excited.)
No hands, no problem! Adaptive golfer Brandon Canesi gets a hole in one!⛳️♂️#holeinone #golf #golfing #golfer #limbdifference #adaptiveathlete #golflife #RetweeetPlease #golfchannel @nikegolf @Nike @Titleist @ABC @TODAYshow @CallawayGolf pic.twitter.com/QnOuGr4r7t
— Hole High (@Hole_High) March 2, 2018
Canesi also owns an ace that he made on a 190-yard hole with a five-wood, and as he told Golf, this one could just as easily have gone wrong. “On the front nine, I played another par-3 from pretty much the same distance, and I shanked it and made 6,” he said. “That’s just golf. Things happen. You just have to keep your head up. Patience and effort. That’s what it’s all about.”
Canesi hopes to work in golf operations, and is enrolled at the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He’s also founded “Hole High,” an organization dedicated to showing kids with physical challenges that opportunities still abound. And he’s got the video to prove it.
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