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ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today was the 2nd Annual Amputee Golf Outing at the Arsenal Island Golf Course. Each of these golfers has a different story.

Walt Morris is a Vietnam veteran, who was injured in combat. Morris says, “On the way back to our base, we flew into an ambush and my helicopter was shot down.” He lost 4 fellow soldiers that day.

Andy Yohe, a Bettendorf native, is a gold medal Paralympian. When he was 16, he was jumping on trains and lost both legs. “It sucked me under and spit me right back out. It ran over my right leg on my knee cap and my left leg at my ankle,” says Yohe.

Bobby Jones, the event organizer, is a multiple transplant survivor. All the steroids and medications made his bones brittle until both of his ankles broke. Jones says, “It dries your bones out and they couldn’t repair it. They tried and tried, so I told them to just take it off.”

They all share different stories, but have two things in common. They’re all amputees and they all love to golf.

Dick Krapfl only has one arm. He was driving home from a work between his freshmen and sophomore year of college when he got into a car accident. He was a football player then, but now has taken up this new sport of golf.

Many amputee golfers came out today, beginners and pros. They say it’s a big group support.

Jones says, “When we get the new guys in, they come and watch how we do things and they learn from us. And we’re still learning from the older guys. Sit back and learn how to balance and not fall over.”

Overall, they’re golfing together to have a great time and not letting their disabilities disable them.

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