12th Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament

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Malcom Harris-Gowdie (left) and James Cromwell waved to the crowd as they received their medals in Individual Skills Division M2 at the awards ceremony on Sunday.
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The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

12th Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament
Who: 177 golfers from the USA, Bermuda and Canada
When: September 23-25, 2011
Where: PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

AUDIO: Sirius/XM Radio interview with PGA President Allen Wronowski

PHOTO GALLERIES: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

SUNDAY: Special Olympics Golf means more than medals to 2011 competitors
Medal ceremonies brought an exciting three rounds of competition to a close Sunday at PGA Golf Club, but the Special Olympics golfers shared a common story of how golf has meant more than awards to their lives. A field of 177 golfers from 21 U.S. Special Olympics programs, plus programs from Bermuda and Canada, competed in five levels of competition in the 12th annual national tournament.

SATURDAY: Good competition marks second day of play
Saturday was special at PGA Golf Club, where the players in the Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament marked the 2nd Annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day with a full day of spirited competition in every level of play highlighted by a fun-filled PGA Sports Academy Skills Contest.

FRIDAY: First round complete at Special Olympics tournament
Friday marked the first day of competition at PGA Golf club, as the field of 177 golfers began play in the five levels of competition. Leading the field is Grace Anne Braxton of Fredericksburg, Va., who shot 83 in the Level 5 - 18-hole individual stroke-play competition.

THURSDAY: Opening Ceremony provides colorful start to Special Olympics tournament
The 2011 edition of the Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament got under way Thursday with the famous “parade of athletes” at PGA Golf Club, where the competitors marched into the Opening Ceremony in a tradition synonymous with the Olympics Games. The festivities also included a color guard and welcoming addresses from PGA of America President Allen Wronowski and USGA Past President Trey Holland.

PREVIEW: Opening Ceremony to kick off 2011 Special Olympics Golf National Invitational
Nearly 500 Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers, plus PGA of America and U.S. Golf Association officials and city representatives will gather on Sept. 22 for the Opening Ceremony. The golfers will march in by delegation; a presentation of colors will be staged; a Florida Special Olympics athlete will sing the national anthem; golfers will recite the Special Olympics oath; and the Special Olympics cauldron will be lit.

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