|| “GOLF IS A GAME FOR EVERYONE.” Peter Longo
“My earliest trick shot routines were with one arm, on one leg, seated and blindfolded. In learning those swings, I had also learned a great deal about the challenges facing people with disabilities. I began teaching and writing on golf with all types of disabilities and it’s been going great guns ever since then.”
Great guns, indeed. After 35+ years of working in adaptive golf, Peter Longo is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.
He has written dozens of articles for individual publications, along with teaching manuals on disabled golf for the USPGA, The Spanish Golf Federation and the National Golf Foundation.
He produced the first video ever done on handicapped golf, (CHALLENGE GOLF, 1987) which has become an industry standard the world over.
In 1989, Peter authored a treatise on golf and challenges for the U.S. Government that earned him a trip to the White House to meet sponsors First Lady Barbara Bush and Queen Sylvia of Sweden.
He was an original member and Chairman of the PGA’s Committee for the Physically Disabled and still serves on the Advisory Board.
His comprehensive teaching seminars for teachers have graduated over 500 new adaptive trained professionals worldwide.
In addition to his private clinics, Peter has been active in golf programs with many rehab facilities, including HealthSouth Rehab in Phoenix, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the world’s largest rehab facility.
Peter received Marianjoy’s prestigious Joe Jemsek “Par Excellence” Award of 2006 for distinguished and inspirational leadership in the field of adaptive golf.
Since 2003, Peter teamed with the Fundacion Deporte y Desafio (Foundation for Sports and Challenges) in Madrid and Spanish international star Sergio Garcia, conducting Spain’s first ever disabled golf teaching seminars for professionals and students across the nation. As a result, there are now 39 permanent sites for learning adaptive golf throughout Spain, in the Canary islands and on Majorca island.
“Peter Longo is here, changing lives”, Jose Felix Balboa, President, Spanish Committee for Disabled Golf.
In 2005, Peter released a Power Point computer teaching CD for the PGA of America. The work, entitled “CHALLENGE GOLF-CD”, is available to both PGA members and the general public. Orders can be made through the PGA Foundation by phone: 1-888-532-6662 or on line at: www.pgafoundation.com.
Peter created Camp LiberTee in 2013, three day immersion golf schools for injured and recovering US military personnel nationwide. Working closely with The Wounded Warrior Project, The Veterans Administration and other military outreach groups, our soldiers, in and out of uniform, find a safe, uplifting experience in the peaceful surroundings of the links. All disablitilties are welcome including PTSD and TBI patients.
“Peter has truly given me a new reason to press on with my life.” 1LT Brian Donarski (Ret) US ARMY – Camp LiberTee attendee.
“This is one amazing man. I love his positive manner and I had so much fun learning a new sport.” Kim McGraw, US NAVY – Camp LiberTee attendee.
“Oh my Lord, his passion for the game is contagious. Peter is so patient and he gave me great confidence.” MSGT Lizzamaris Vazquez, US ARMY – Camp LiberTee attendee.
“I loved the course. You are a true coach. You’ll never know how much I needed that week.” Leo Avalos (Ret) SSGT US Navy Submarine Corps
“It is such an honor learning from Peter and I really enjoyed the lessons. It’s very relaxing and therapeutic.” Jay Ramirez (Ret) USMC – Camp LiberTee attendee.
No matter the problem … physical, mental, emotional … Peter Longo can lend a helping hand to pros and students alike.