KCKCC golfers join Special Olympians for golf event

Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers Dylan Freund, left, and Mark Towey gave instruction and conducted a putting contest as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional for Special Olympics at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa Friday. (KCKCC photo by Gary Shrader)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

There were winners all around as Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers joined with Kansas Special Olympians for an afternoon of golf Friday.

Nearly a dozen Special Olympians played nine holes of golf with the Blue Devils, family members and others as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional held at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa. Other Special Olympians took part in a series of activities including putting, chipping and long drive competitions highlighted by a presentation of medals.

“Everyone had a real good time,” KCKCC golf coach Gary Shrader said. “There was a lot of cheering and high-fiving. Those kids are really special, very caring and loving. I know our players enjoyed it. When they were offered the invitation to join the event, they jumped at it. No hesitation whatever.”

Blue Devil players taking part included sophomore Cam Riley of Liberal and freshmen Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie, Keegan Ellington of Andover Central, Dylan Freund of Cheney, Mark Towey of Wichita’s Bishop Carroll and Kellen Welsh of Olathe West.

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