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“First Swing” Seminar and “Learn to Golf” Clinic

Thu, May 24, 2018
10:30 am 3:30 pm

Location: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

On Thursday, May 24, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is hosting its 22nd annual "First Swing" Seminar and "Learn to Golf" Clinic for therapists, golf professionals and physically-challenged individuals. The day will be broken up into a morning session (seminar) and an afternoon session (clinic).

"First Swing" Seminar 
The seminar portion, which takes place in the morning, is designed to train therapists and golf professionals how to teach golf and encourage people with mixed abilities to learn or re-learn the game. Trainees will learn adaptive techniques and modifications for swing, stance and game play that will allow them to best instruct individuals with mixed abilities in the game of golf.

For therapists and golf pros only (potential to earn CEU’s)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Pre-registration required one week prior to the event.

"Learn to Golf" Clinic

The afternoon clinic will provide individuals with mixed abilities an opportunity to learn adaptive techniques for playing golf. All individuals with mixed abilities who attend the clinic will receive one-on-one instruction with a trained professional. 

For individuals with mixed abilities (seated and standing play)
Time: 1 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Free with required pre-registration, due one week prior to the event. Please click here to download the adaptive recreation registration form.

Golf lessons under the direction of instructor Lou Namm and his newly trained “First Swing” candidates.
Louis Namm is an Eastern Amputee Golf Association (EAGA) Life Member and double amputee (above knee/below knee). Lou has worked for the VA in the Vocational Rehabilitation office in Philadelphia for the past 40 years. There he encouraged and guided veterans back into society, school and work.
As a sargent in Vietnam, Louis stepped on a landmine while guiding his platoon. He lost both legs, but his actions saved his men. He received 2 Purple Hearts for Bravery and Injury.
Golf is Louis’ passion. He took it up as a challenge to himself. Lou joined the Eastern Amputee Golf Association and played his first tournament in 1990. Lou has been an instructor for the National Amputee Golf Association”s “First Swing/Learn to Golf” Seminar and Clinic programs for the past 20 years.
Lou has compleled Level 3 certification program of the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF).
In August 2017, Lou received the ultimate honor of being inducted into the EAGA “Hall of Fame” for his wonderful contributions to EAGA’s First Swing Program and to individuals with disabilities.

The event will be held on Burke's campus. For more information and/or to register, please contact Deirdre Otto, CTRS, LMT at (914) 597-2355 or by email at

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785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

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