41 of world's best one-armed golfers compete in KY

41 best one-armed golfers compete in KY
Alan Gentry (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Alan Gentry (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Despite the national stereotype that Kentucky is a die-hard basketball state, our Bluegrass state welcomes competition of all kinds.

This week golf is the highlight once again. It's not the PGA, Senior PGA or the Ryder Cup but the 15th Annual North American One-Armed Golfers Association Championships.

Forty of the best one-armed golfers from around the world have gathered in WAVE Country.

The championship will be played over the next four days at four host golf clubs in the city. Champions will be crowned in three separate divisions: One-arm unassisted, one arm assisted and one-arm net using golf handicaps.

Co-founder and one-armed golfer Alan Gentry said the fact that the 2015 tournament is being held in the Bluegrass has a special meaning to him.

"The organization was created here in Louisville 15 years ago. This is our 15th Anniversary. There were four local guys, Bill Fry, myself, Scott Lusk and old Don Fightmaster. We started it all," Gentry said. "We have players coming from all over the world. Players from 16 U.S. States, three Canadian provinces, Ireland, Sweden and South Africa."

This will be the first year a Net Division will be held.

It was created for the older-less-established one-armed players.

The main goal of the tournament is to raise funds and awareness for athletes with upper extremity disabilities.

Their motto? Never quit.

To learn more about how you can get involved, click here.

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