Scott Rohrer was victorious again on Oct. 20 in the Level V individual stroke-play competition at the Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational. For Rohrer, who set the 18- and 54-hole scoring records at the 2010 Special Olympics national tournament, this year’s medal marked his seventh in eight appearances at this level.
Rohrer, of York, S.C., shot 29-over 242 at Seaview Golf Club’s Bay Course in Galloway, N.J. Jeremiah Doane, of Perry, Ga., was next in the competition at 259 (82-89-88).
“Today was great!” Rohrer said after the round. “My driving was good – hitting long is my best part of the game.”
At the Special Olympics national tournament level, Rohrer has won three gold medals (2007, 2009, 2011) in Level III 18-hole Unified Sports team play with his father, Jeff, as his partner; three gold medals (2010, 2012, 2013) in Level V 18-hole individual stroke play; and one gold medal in Level IV 9-hole individual stroke play (2005). He did not play at this level in 2006 and was disqualified in 2008.
When asked what he would like people to know about him, Scott said, “I’m very athletic. I’m not that smart, but when I’m in a competition I’ll give you proof of how good I am.”
For Doane, the best part of the experience was the opportunity to play Seaview.
“I feel like I’m on Tour here!” Doane said. “What I want people to know is that I want to hear ‘good job’ or ‘keep up the good work.’ When people encourage me, I do better.”
Matthew Duman of Moorestown, N.J., won the gold medal in the 9-hole individual stroke play competition (Level IV). He posted 153 (54-50-49) to win by two.
The team of Eric Schmidt (athlete) and David Dauphin (partner) of Cary, Ill., led all three rounds and won the gold medal with a 257 (87-80-90) total in the 18-hole Unified Sports alternate-shot team-play competition (Level III) on the Bay Course.
The team of Kellen (athlete) and Devin (partner) Kaasa of Glenville, Minn., shot 138 (47-46-45) and led each round to finish in first place and win the gold medal in the 9-hole Unified Sports alternate shot team play competition (Level II) on the Pines Course.
The individual skills competition (Level I) tests competitors in six different shot-making skills and the highest score wins. John Burkarth of Herndon, Va., in his first national tournament appearance, 209 (64-86-59) for the gold medal and first place in the top division of the individual skills competition.
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