Out on the golf course he just looks like one of the guys, until he's escorted to his tee.
“It’s something that has a value so that when I come out and play golf almost as well as the sighted golfers everybody feels good,” said David Meador.
At 18 years old, David Meador lost his sight in a car accident and didn’t think he would ever play golf again.
“My dad came to a different conclusion," Meador said. "So out of frustration he came home one day and said ‘Hey, I have an idea.’ And at that point my whole world opened up.”
Now he’s the United States Blind Golf Association National Champion but it’s taken some adjusting.
“First of all it becomes a team game and that is to rely on your coach and the coach is instrumental and secondly, to rely on balance," said Meador. "It’s sort of a microcosm of life. You don’t go at it too hard but you take it seriously.”
There are only about 100 blind golfers across the U.S and quite a few up-and-comers here in Wichita. That’s why he’s here at the Golf for Vision Tournament to encourage them to pursue their dreams.
“He’s a great example of capability over disability which is exactly what we are trying to teach our youth everyday," said Heather Hogan, Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, Envision, Inc. "It’s a lesson that they have to learn that’s very difficult. It’s a very visual world and we have to make allowances to provide accessibility for these kids and these adults that are experiencing this later in life.”
In 19 years of this tournament 2014 is the first year that they maxed out all the golf spots and earned $95,000 for Envisions programs and services.