Amputee golf tournament, earning points on life's green

The Oates are avid golfers, football fans, and an all around sports-loving green hitting couple.

They are also double amputees who don't and never have let anything slow them down.

"I know friends of mine that are amputees that rock climb and mountain climb. I've played all sports you know baseball, basketball, water ski, I'm a scuba diver, bowling, golf. You just do it differently," Bruce Oates said.

The Oates met on the course at an amputee golf tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida.

That was in 2001 and they've been playing together ever since. It's what participants at the annual Georgia State Golf Tournament say is the only option when accidents happen.

"Three years in the hospital. 28 operations later...they couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again," he said.

It's a lesson learned after his motorcycle accident, one Joseph Waters is teaching to others after his.

You deal with the cards you've been dealt. Never give up. Just keep going forward.

And what even the youngest golfers like 11-year-old Adam Kiel do everyday while inspiring his fellow athletes.

"They're surprised. You don't see people like that that are missing limbs that play sports," Kiel said.

But the Oates say no one should be.

"They can do whatever they want to do...before you lost your limb," Bruce Oates said. "I don't care...arm, leg whatever....If you did it before you can do it again...You might just do it differently."


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