The Pro: Don Vickery, 51, a double-amputee PGA pro who's teaching players like you

The Pro: Don Vickery, 51, a double-amputee PGA pro who’s teaching players like you


“In 1989 I was walking
my dog on a military base in Augusta,
Ga. One of us stepped on something.
An explosion hit my legs, chest and
left hand. I lost both legs and part of
two fingers. A few years later, I tried
golf. I was hooked.

“It was hard to feel
normal after the accident, and here
was a sport I could play! A teaching
pro believed in me more than I did
and encouraged me to try to become
certified. Going back to school at
age 45 was harder than any physical
challenge, but six years later I was
the first double-amputee to become
a PGA pro.

“I’ve learned that we don’t
get where we’re going alone. I visit
Walter Reed Medical Center. Those
guys need to see someone who’s been
in that bed before, and I’m proof that
you can make a life doing what you
love, no matter your circumstances.

“I say, ‘Know your limitations, but
never give up.’ It’s reality. There are
things I can’t do. I can’t ride a bike.
But I can give you a golf lesson.”

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