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Kelowna Special Olympics athletes take golf by storm

Special Olympic golfer Kyle Grummett of Kelowna earns a gold medal in the top division at the first National Golf Tournament shooting 76 (4 over par) over the two day tournament.  - Contributed
Special Olympic golfer Kyle Grummett of Kelowna earns a gold medal in the top division at the first National Golf Tournament shooting 76 (4 over par) over the two day tournament. 
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Special Olympics Canada hosted its first ever National Golf Tournament at Chippewa Creek Golf Club in Mount Hope, Ontario at the end of September and a Kelowna golfer was the top player.

A dozen Special Olympics B.C. athletes were in Ontario to represent their province proudly. Kelowna Special Olympic athletes Kyle Grummett, Ryan Courtemanche and Chris Harrington were excited and honoured to be in the mix. These athletes were selected based on their performances at last season’s regional qualifiers and were a strong addition to join the 54 athletes from across Canada to compete in this inaugural event.

The tournament  took place in partnership with the PGA of Canada, Golf Canada and Chippewa Creek Golf Club.

Grummett earned a gold medal in top division shooting 76 on a par 72 course over the two day tournament with nine holes played each day. This ranks him as the top Special Olympic golfer in Canada.

Golf is “definitely” the current No. 1 sport for Grummett, who has previously competed in two national games and one World Games in softball.

“It’s very competitive,” he says of golf. “There’s different challenges to every game you play. You’re not always going to hit the same shot every time.”

Fellow Kelowna Special Olympic athletes Courtemanche and Harrington also did well with Courtemanche placing second in Division M3 and Harrington placing sixth in Division M1.

Grummett, Courtemanche and Harrington have also been selected to compete at the 2013 Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games set to be hosted in Langley next July. This event leads up to the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games to be hosted in Vancouver.

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