Special Olympics golfers set record turnout at state tournament

Updated: August 18, 2019 06:15 PM

The best Special Olympics golfers in Minnesota hit the links Sunday to face off at the Special Olympics State Golf Tournament.

Nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes qualified to compete at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale, the event's largest turnout ever.


"I enjoy it for competing against friends and just having fun," said Erik Anderson, an athlete from Minnetonka. "Even if I don't do well, I still have fun playing golf."

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The golfers faced off in seven events, including individual skill stations like chipping and putting.

They also played traditional rounds of golf or competed as "unified" teams, a unique event pairing athletes with and without disabilities.

"We always like to say we're more alike than we are different, and I think coming out and having that common interest of sports really goes a long way," said Devin Kaasa, Special Olympics Minnesota's senior manager of sports and education.

In addition to golf, the Special Olympic Summer Sports Classic featured equestrian and tennis competitions earlier this weekend.

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