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Amputee tournament tees off in Hamburg

Peter Fenn, organizer.

HAMBURG — The sixth annual Buffalo Amputee Golf Classic tees off on June 30, organized by PGA professional and amputee Peter Fenn and sponsored by Main Mobility. Registration begins at 11 a.m. for a 1 p.m. start at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg.

The event is associated with the Eastern Amputee Golf Associations and attracts players from across the United States and Canada, as well as non-amputee golfers.

Former nationally ranked junior golfer and motivational speaker Larry Alford, the “One-Armed Bandit,” will be challenging players to best him on a Brierwood par three. Alford, who hails from Houston, Texas, will be speaking during the tournament dinner and again on July 1 with various faculty and student groups at D’Youville College, BAGC “Bandit” sponsor.

PGA Professional of the Year for 2013, Michael Doctor, from Skaneateles Country Club is expected to play in a tournament foursome. He will be available to talk about his experience as an instructor, head professional and national PGA board member. The Pebble Foundation also will be represented in a putting contest. Proceeds will help provide “camperships” for young amputees at a camp designed to support their physical and social needs.

The BAGC provides college scholarships for amputees and their families. This year’s recipients are Hannah and Jillian Perillo whose father, Matt, was a Lancaster coach and referee. The BAGC is affiliated with the Eastern Amputee Golf Association, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization benefitting the amputee and disabled community.

The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch, use of the driving range, open bar, a three-course dinner and awards, an optional short-game clinic and entertainment. A 50/50 split club, ticket and live auction opportunities support the scholarship program. The BAGC is locally organized by long-time PGA professional, Vietnam veteran and EAGA member, Peter Fenn. Fenn underwent a left leg below-the-knee amputation in 2007 and right leg reconstructive surgery in 2012.

Space is limited. For more information or to regiseter, visit or call 698-5335.


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