On Friday July 31st, I had the honor to present the Silver and Gold Medals at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games held at Wilson & Harding Golf Course located in Griffin Park in Los Angeles!
Being a part of the 2015 Special Olympics will be one of the most memorable experiences I will truly never forget. Throughout the day I met so many talented athletes from all over the world and was able to watch some of the most talented golfers, witnessing some of the most amazing golf shots, excitement and happiness that I have ever witnessed in my sport!
I was especially proud to give the Silver Medals to #TeamHongKong and the Gold Medals to #TeamIndia, Ranveer Singh Saini, an autistic golfer and India’s proudest representative in a field of over 100 International golfers! As an Indian woman and professional golfer I was extra proud, happy and honored!
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games had an incredible 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches that represented 165 countries. There were 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators! The event will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015 and the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics Games.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLF FUN FACT | Differences of Special Olympics Golf: Special Olympics offers varying events for competition, but in individual stroke play competitions, there are a couple of variations from the rules of golf provided by the International Federation. First, if a 10th stroke is played without holing the shot, the player shall record a score of “10x” and proceed to the next hole. In the place of a tie for first place, the winner can be decided (when a playoff is not feasible) by the number of “10x” scores on an athlete’s scorecard. The player with the fewest number of “10x” scores shall be declared the winner.
Thank you to the Special Olympics World Games for presenting us with a memory and experience we will never forget! Congratulations to all the amazing athletes who competed and thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us!