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The Hudson Chapter of Special Olympics golf team recently completed its 2016 season.
In addition to its weekly practice at the Riverwood Golf Course in Akron, the team competed in the Area 10 Regional Tournament Aug. 2 at the Riceland Golf Course in Orrville.
Three members of the team moved on to compete at the state tournament Sept. 13 and 14 in Cincinnati. The team is coached by Chip Booth of Hudson.
The golf team includes both individual golfers and two-person unified teams.
The unified teams are part of the Unified Sports Program of Special Olympics. The unified program partners disabled athletes with their non-disabled peers for competitive team sports.
The partner is not there to golf for the Special Olympian, but to partner together as a team.
The team sent one individual and nine unified teams to the Area 10 Regional Tournament in August.
David Rabinowitz earned a first-place finish in the individual competition. The divisional results of the Unified competition included Bill and Jim Shawcross, first; Adam Musarro and Peter Chatigny, second; David Spurlock and Ted Achberger, second; Brennan Strobach and Shawn Patterson, second; Ben Cartwright and Tom Patterson, third; Amy Forde and Anne Maguire, third; Mark Maguire and Bruce Hubach, third; Scott Lattimer and Harry Jones, fourth; and Heather Maurer and Emily Katila, fourth.
The state tournament took place at Meadow Links and The Mill golf courses which are both part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County.
Rabinowitz competed in the individual competition and earned a silver medal on The Mill course.
The unified team of Cartwright and Patterson earned gold medals on The Mill course.
The Hudson Chapter is open to everyone with an intellectual disability, who is at least eight years old, and lives within the Hudson City School District boundaries. Monetary support is provided by the community. The chapter is led by Hudson resident Nancy Goforth, who is the chapter's local coordinator.
Additional information about Hudson Special Olympics is available at www.hudsonspecialolympics.org.