Golfer Prepares for Championship

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March 25, 2013

Medaille Golfer Drives at Home and Abroad

Last October, while most students were busy preparing for midterms, David Wantuck ’13 was more than 9,000 miles away from home in Tzu, Japan, competing in the World Deaf Golf Championship – an experience he found to be exhilarating, enlightening and informative.

The competition, which lasted four days, was played on the mountainous course of the Tzu Country Club. The course, with deep bunkers, a high wind factor and a slope rating of 148, was more challenging than any Wantuck had encountered in his athletic career. Add to these difficulties the stress of competing in such a high-profile event – Wantuck described his nervousness as being so great that his shakiness nearly precluded him from teeing up his ball on the first hole – and his scores of 84, 84, 86 and 90 are all the more impressive.

Riveting as the competition was, however, Wantuck says his trip was about more than just golf. Indeed, the competition served as one of the more holistically rewarding experiences of his life.  During the 12 days he spent in and out of competition, he was able to make new friends, learn more about the diversity of sign languages that exist throughout the world and become more familiar with the social and cultural differences that made him and his competitors unique.

Though still unpacking the lessons – athletic and otherwise – learned from his recent trip, Wantuck has already begun preparing for the next World Championship. Tryouts for the 2014 competition, which will be held in Michigan, start in June in Arizona where Wantuck will begin a journey that he hopes will land him in contention for the leader board.

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