McLaren Adaptive Golf Clinic kicks off The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren week

Tracy Ramin 

Dr. Kenneth Parsons 
A year after an overwhelmingly positive debut, the McLaren Adaptive Golf Clinic returned to Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc to open The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren week.

Adaptive golf provides golfers with cognitive, physical, sensory, or other health considerations the opportunity to get back on the course and play the game that brings them so much joy.

The second of what has become an annual event featuring the increasingly popular movement, an expanded group of professional adaptive golf coaches led instruction for a noticeably larger group of local adaptive golfers.

“This year, we’ve expanded across the whole driving range and into the chipping area – and you can see that it’s life-changing,” said Tracy Ramin, lead instructor and National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) Executive Director. “For me, personally, to see someone strike the golf ball, and we helped them to achieve that – we get more excited than the participant.”

Taking part in this year’s event was Dr. Kenneth Parsons, Chief Medical Officer of McLaren Bay Region and a lifelong adaptive golfer.

“This movement is here to help those who had once played the game and dealt with challenges, or those who want to be part of the game,” Dr. Parsons said. “To help them hit the ball crisp, it’s just a great feeling to watch it come together, and for me personally, I really try to inspire those who think they can’t do it that they really can do it. McLaren’s organization and participation of this event is another example of its commitment to the community and the patients we serve.”

Instructor demonstration