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Mahan and Walters (and Bucky) Wow the Crowd

Those in attendance at the Dennis Walters Golf Show in conjunction with the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship had a great time.
Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

March 8, 2011

By PGA TOUR Staff

MIAMI, Fla.—More than 600 kids from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties learned what it takes to persevere in life as well as on the PGA TOUR when they participated in the Under Armour Junior Clinic on March 8 at TPC Blue Monster at Doral.


One of many philanthropic and community-outreach activities this week during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, the event kicked off with a one-hour motivational golf exhibition hosted by paraplegic golfer Dennis Walters. During the humor-filled show, Walters used props, including a fishing rod and a cell phone, to demonstrate his trick-shot artistry. He also used his canine companion, Bucky, who wowed the crowd by teeing up the ball and barking the answers to questions.


Walters used the opportunity to inspire kids to overcome adversity and follow their dreams no matter what, something that is very close to his heart.


More than 35 years ago, Walters was an aspiring professional golfer whose dream of competing on the PGA TOUR was cut short when a golf cart accident left him a paraplegic. Since that time, he designed a custom golf cart seat that enables him to continue playing golf. He has dedicated his life to motivating and entertaining others through his Dennis Walters Golf Show. Since 1977, he has performed more than 2,700 shows and has been honored with numerous awards. He also serves as a national spokesman for The First Tee, a non-profit initiative of the World Golf Foundation that teaches young people character development through the game of golf.


Following the Dennis Walters Golf Show, three-time PGA TOUR champion Hunter Mahan hosted a question-and-answer session. Participants, including participants from The First Tee of Miami-Dade, The First Tee of Broward, Special Olympians and students from Doral elementary schools, appreciated the opportunity to learn about Mahan’s challenges on the TOUR. The kids asked him everything from what he eats to stay healthy to how he prepares for a tournament.


“Interacting with golf’s next generation is an important part of the growth of the game,” said Mahan. “Under Armour understands the importance of exposing new youth to the game I love, and I am happy to be a part of it.”

 

 

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