I GOT THIS Golf Academy
The inaugural I GOT THIS Golf Academy was conducted in the Spring of 2021 to fulfill the mission of the I Got This Foundation. The I Got This mission is to provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Academy was made possible due to the support of several generous organizations, including the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, the USGA, XXIO Golf, Wilson Golf, and LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.
Golf instruction was led by teaching professionals Matthew Acuff, Scott Rutters, Gordie Sullens, and LPGA Professional Cori Matheson through twice weekly lessons for eight weeks, with a session-ending 9-hole scramble tournament, banquet and prizes with family, friends, and unified partners.
The Academy’s continuing goal is to not only develop great golfing talent but to create a better, stronger, and more inclusive golfing community.
"The I Got This Foundation hopes that this inaugural Academy will serve as a golf teaching and instructional model for other athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities," says Lindsey Corbin, President of the I Got This Foundation. "This initiative will pave the way for these athletes to play alongside friends and family, compete in leagues with peers, join high school golf teams and enjoy a lifelong skill that delivers many rewards and rich experiences. The Academy not only reflects my sister Amy’s passion for the sport but also helps her pay it forward, giving others the opportunity to experience the many joys of golf."