SARASOTA, Florida. – Steve Motycka remembered waking up from a coma and hearing even worse news – he had been diagnosed with cancer and only had months to live.
“I woke up and realized I had cancer and that was it,” Motycka said.
But that was 18 years ago.
Besides his family and friends, the game of golf has helped Motycka stay alive. Motycka’s wife Kim said they never thought he would walk again – or be on the golf course.
Despite being told he was going to die, Motycka defied the odds and lived to see another day and continue playing golf. Now, thanks to a group of adaptive golfers from Sarasota, those like Motycka can learn to love the game of golf again.
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“Golf is a game of life,” said Doug Frazier, group head coach and former PGA professional. “We always adapt to different situations.”
Most members of the Sarasota Chapter of the Adaptive Golf Association are stroke survivors and have only partial use of their bodies. The group is the oldest in the country with the association.
The band wants to prove that their game knows no bounds.
Alex DeBoissiere, who suffered a stroke in Arizona three years ago, has been using golf as an escape and therapy since 2021.
“Obviously when I had the stroke, I thought about my family, I thought about my job, I thought about a lot of things,” DeBoissière said. “Honestly, I have thought a lot about the possibility of one day returning to a golf course.
The group meets every Thursday at Tatum Ridge Golf Links in Sarasota to enjoy the game they love.