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SEATTLE – (July 26, 2013) – Opportunity is teed up for individuals with a disability who’ve wanted to play golf but felt they could not or were unable.

Their opportunity is the fourth annual Boeing Classic Adaptive Golf Clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Registration is free and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 9.

The program strives to bring the game of golf to people with any type of disability. Highlights include:

  • A 30-minute hands-on instruction session that pairs participants with a teaching pro and recreational therapist
  • Time for putting after the lesson
  • Instruction in methods of grip, stance and swing
  • Demonstrations of adapted golf devices and equipment
  • A Boeing Classic golf tournament gift bag and tickets to the event, Aug. 19-25 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (The Adaptive Golf Clinic is part of the Boeing Classic’s schedule of events throughout Tournament week).

The Adaptive Golf Clinic, sponsored by the Boeing Classic and the Virginia Mason Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, encourages golf as an excellent recreational and rehabilitation activity.

“For individuals with disabilities that have prevented or discouraged them from playing golf, this will be the day to change all that by learning adaptive techniques and being introduced to innovative equipment by golf pros and therapists,” said Barbara Bond-Howard, a recreational therapist at Virginia Mason. “The exciting news is, yes, everyone can get into the swing of golf!”

For more information or to register, call (206) 341-0561 or email before Aug. 9.

Other sponsors of the Adaptive Golf Clinic include First Swing Clinic, National Amputee Golf Association, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust Fund, Professional Golfers Association, and the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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About the Boeing Classic
The Boeing Classic is an Official Event on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour, which features the legends of golf 50 years of age or older. Jay Don Blake is the tournament’s defending Champion after a playoff victory at the 2012 Boeing Classic, which also featured record numbers of volunteers (1,035) and spectators (81,000) during Tournament Week. The winner of the Champions Tour’s 2012 Tournament Business Affairs Award, 2011 Players Award and 2010 Presidents Award, in the tournament’s eight-year history more than $4 million has been raised for the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and additional Greater Seattle Charities. The 2013 event will be played Aug.19-25 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. For additional information, visit

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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