George Shaw, Founder of "The Four Golf Legends, Inc.)
Four Golf Legends, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 2012 to offer golfing activities to individuals who are blind, deaf and disabled seniors.
The goal of the organization is to provide education and practical application for youth and adults golfers who are challenged with hearing or visual impairment. The organization goals are to promote community involvement to support the needs of disabled individuals, community awareness, and break barriers that hinder the participation of people with disabilities.
Giving hope to the to the disabled has successfully implemented its Orientation Program promoting support to the disabled. Golfing for deaf and blind is a way to do activities they will enjoy, and learn a new sport. The youth and adults have the opportunity to experience life from a whole new perspective. The path to taking part in theses events and activities will help improve their social, emotional and physical abilities. With our talent and skills, we will be very successful in this endeavor.
I Hate To Lose is a story of courage and inspiration and how one little known African American who grew up during the depression in Winter Haven, Florida overcame poverty, prejudice and severe physical handicaps not only to play on the PGA Tour, but also to beat best professionals of his era.
Through he was severely crippled from a Korean War injury and was blind in one eye, that didn't bother Charlie. After his career in the PGA, at the age of 57, as a member of the Senior PGA, he just put two crutches in his bag, drove his ball down the middle of the fairway off the first tee in the first round of the 1986 U.S.Open and then bravely hobbled on those crutches out to take on the best and the healthiest in the world-the USGA would not allow him to ride in a cart.
When he qualified in 1972 for the PGA, he was teased and derided as the "crippled, blind, cross handed guy". Not only were his knees shot, he'd had a stroke and he never changed his backward, upside down grip that he'd always used as a young boy. People was amazed that he could even hit the ball let alone launch it on 300-yard drives with old Persimmon headed woods. Nevertheless, in 1966, he won 18 of the 21 events he entered. Today Charlie is 84 and his story was told. Charlie overcame just about ever adversity: physical, mental and financial that a man could withstand and still emerged a champion among champions, not only in the game of golf, but also in the game of life. of the best Golfers in the World. He learned to play golf with a soda-pop top and an Australian pine limb. Charlie never had a golf lesson in his life. He learned to grip it cross-handed by watching golfers when he was a kid.