Special Olympics Preperation

Dr. Eric C. Wilson, PGA Master Professional and Impact Zone Golf™ Master Instructor traveled to Seaview Golf Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey last weekend to assist in the coordination and preparation for the 2013 Special Olympics National Invitation Tournament (NIT) to be held in October of this year. Seaview Golf Resort’s “Bay Course opened in 1914 and is a textbook Donald Ross seaside course running along Reed’s Bay, which means it has a Scottish feel. The course features classic mounding, deep pot bunkers and high-faced bunkers, plus small greens with subtle undulations.

Tall fescue grasses guard many of the bunkers,” according to literature provided by the resort. Additionally, The Pines Course “is a more traditional American layout carved out of the Jersey pines. Each hole is tree-lined and requires precisely struck irons and long tee shots. The Pines Course was designed by Howard Toomey and William Flynn (designer of Merion and Shinnecock Hills) in 1929 and stretches to 6800 yards.”

More than 200 Special Olympics golfers will compete in five levels of play on these classic golf courses, and plenty of excitement is guaranteed. Dr. Wilson is the Chairman of the Special Olympics Golf Committee of North America, and the Committee is in charge of managing and organizing the National Invitation Tournament annually.

Dr. Wilson accompanied past-president of the USGA, Dr. Trey Holland, and PGA Director of Charities and Military Liaison Steve Jubb, both members of the Golf Committee, on the site visit to Seaview Golf Resort. Dr. Holland and Mr. Jubb both commented on the classic designs and challenging layouts that will be available for the Special Olympics golfers in October. The host staff at Seaview Golf Resort were extremely helpful and promise a first class event at the NIT.

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