Originally created 02/21/01

New cart designed for disabled golfers



One of the most talked-about new products at last month's PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., wasn't a golf club - Callaway Golf's ERC II was old news by then - or a ball - ditto for the Titleist Pro V1.

It was an adaptive golf car that will be distributed through Augusta-based Club Car, Inc.

The 1-PASS is a golf cart specially designed for golfers with a disability, of which there are seven million in the United States, according to Club Car.

The single-passenger car allows disabled golfers to hit shots while sitting in the car, which can be driven on greens and tees. Its weight of six pounds per square inch is less than the weight of a golfer walking on a green or tee.

The car is manufactured by SoloRider Industries of Engelwood, Colo., a company specializing in accessibility vehicles.

"We struck up a strategic alliance with SoloRider where we provided design and engineering assistant to improve the reliability and serviceability of the car," said Gary Stough, director of marketing for Club Car.

Before the PGA Merchandise Show, Stough said sales forecast for the 1-PASS were "very moderate by our standards. But 1-PASS is not about volume; it's about doing the right thing for these players and for the game."

After being unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show, the 1-PASS, which will be shipped to courses starting in April, turned into a hot product.

"Our expectations have been blown away by the market's acceptance and desire for this product," Stough said.

LADY JAG FUND-RAISER: The third annual "We love our Lynx" golf tournament, presented by KMC Telecom Augusta, will serve as a fund-raiser for the Augusta State women's golf team.

The team, which is privately funded, begins its first season in the fall.

The 18-hole captain's choice tournament is scheduled for March 4 at Goshen Plantation Golf Club. The entry fee of $65 per person covers green fee, cart, range ball and a dinner afterward provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill. The deadline for entry is March 1.

The Executive Women's Golf Association, a strong booster of the women's team, is handling the registration. To enter, call the EWGA at (803) 510-3253.

Holes-in-one

POINTE SOUTH: Paula Bragg didn't see the ball go in when she made a recent hole-in-one. It's no wonder, since it came on a par-4 hole. Bragg aced the 239-yard second hole. Her playing partners were Julie England, Kay Russo and Sandy McGinnis.

From the tee on the hole, the group could only see the top of the flagstick.

"I had no idea it was going to be in the hole," Bragg said. "We kept looking for it around the green and in the bunker and couldn't find it. Then I walked by the hole, and there it was. I just about died."

It was the first ace for Bragg, who has been playing the game for eight years and shoots in the low 90s.

"I'll probably never have a hole-in-one in my life on a par-3," Bragg said. "To have it on a par-4; I can't believe it."

Jeff Shelnut also aced the second hole, which plays to 311 yards from the men's tees. His drive had some assistance - it hit the cart path en route to a spot in the cup. His witnesses were Bryan Rice and Doug Hebberd.

Russell Watkins aced the fourth hole with a sand wedge shot. The witness was Mike Kerbel.

Lorene Coursey also aced the fourth hole, with a pitching wedge shot. The witnesses were Marvin Coursey, Bob Payne and Kathleen Payne.

Al Caffey aced the 14th hole with an 8-iron shot. The witnesses were Mary Allen and Linda Chambers.

THREE OAKS:

Jano Mitchell aced the 200-yard ninth hole with a 4-iron shot. The witness was Robert Gulley.

AIKEN GOLF CLUB:

Lee Deason aced the 155-yard fourth hole with a 9-wood shot. The witnesses were Frank Rogers, Raymond Duffie and Neel Flannagan.

Eagle on par-4s

PINE RIDGE:

Neely Boggs and Carl Pilcher had recent eagles on the 13th hole. Jack Harling made a rare eagle on the 18th hole, knocking in a 3-wood shot.

JONES CREEK:

Duckie Griffin eagled the 17th hole, knocking in a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Bob Newton, Larry Zeigler and Ted Kasinsky.

Reach David Westin at (706) 724-0851.