As the US Blind Golf Association said, “You don’t have to see it to play.
WALLINGFORD, Conn — John Casolo has been totally blind since 1984, but the 90-year-old intends to keep hitting the links.
Casolo is part of the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, which provides the opportunity for athletes with reduced mobility to stay in the game. Every week, Casolo is picked up by his “coach”, good friend and golf guide Gary Kendall for at least one round of nine holes.
“I love being here, I love the camaraderie,” Casolo said just off the first tee at Sleeping Giant Country Club in Wallingford.
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Kendall, who still hits the ball well at 75, said he’s been helping Casolo hit his shots for years.
“I’m his eyes for the day,” Kendall said, “You gotta watch what he’s doing, how he swings, and make sure his left arm goes through.”
“When I hit a good shot that’s beautiful, I can tell,” Casolo added. “I can tell by sound, I can tell by feel and it’s really nice when I hit a good shot.”
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While Casolo, like all golfers, endures his share of bad shots, he said he lives his life by a simple statement from the US Blind Golf Association:
“The saying is ‘you don’t have to see it to see it,'” Casolo said.
Casolo, also a grandfather and great-grandfather, still plays in blindfold golf tournaments around the country.
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When asked if he planned to hang up his golf bag, Casolo laughed and said, “I’ll keep playing, they’ll probably have to bury me on the 17th green!”
“John loves life, he brings out the goodness in everyone,” Kendall added.
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