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(Posted 8 a.m., Aug. 29)
Orléans deaf-blind athlete leaves his mark on the links

By Mike Beasley
The Orleans Star

Orléans deaf-blind super athlete Kevin Frost lines up a tee shot as his nonplussed service dog, Lewis, looks on. PHOTO SUPPLIED

If you thought the weather this summer around Ottawa was hot, it doesn’t come close to Kevin Frost’s golf game which was downright sizzling.

The deaf-blind athlete from Orléans spent much of his summer on the links practicing for and playing in tournaments set up by Blind Golf Canada.

In mid-July, Frost travelled to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to participate in the 2018 Western Canada Championships.

For three straight days, Frost went stroke for stroke against a field of skilled golfers under the blazing sun which made the playing conditions a challenge in it-self.

“Golfing in the heat during that week was tough to deal with but I managed it well and persevered,” admitted Frost. “Every day the temperature was over 30 degrees Celsius which drains you. In the end, I played well, had a good result (3rd place) and was satisfied with my play.”

The event attracted different kinds of blind golfers, both young and old from various parts of North America.

Frost enjoyed the interaction between the golfers as they shared stories about their visual limitations.

“It’s amazing what some of the golfers work through being visually impaired,” Frost explained. “The common thread with everybody is a positive outlook and passion for staying active through sport.”

In early August, Frost and Lewis, his service dog made their way to the southern part of Ontario for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Championship which was held at Hamilton’s Chippewa golf course.

Frost came away from the three-day tourney in top spot with the lowest overall net score, which put Frost on Cloud 9.

“My score in Hamilton was the direct result of understanding that any golfer, sighted or with limited vision will never beat the game of golf,” says Frost. “I’m finally starting to find the right balance of controlling my emotions and staying calm. I’m learning not to carry mistakes over to my next holes. Being relaxed is a key to simplifying my game.”

A trip to Truro, Nova Scotia and the Canadian Open in mid-August was next on Frost’s tour of golf links this summer.

He came away with a second place finish at the Mountain Golf Club in a field of golfers that had 15-25 years of impaired golfing experience in their pockets.

Frost is a relative newbie competing in just his third year on the Blind Golf Canada event calendar.

“I was really excited when I ended up second because a lot of those players are excellent and have been playing golf longer than me,” admitted Kevin. “A high profile tournament like that enables you to see exactly where you are skill wise and how you rank against the best golfers in my category.”

Frost will continue to play golf this season until the weather turns.

During the cold and snowy months, he will still have a keen eye on preparation for a solid 2019 season and a chance to land a spot on Canada’s National Blind Golf team which will compete in the 2020 World Championships.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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