One of the most unique golf tournaments in San Diego was held Sept. 26, 2013, at the Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon. The SoCal Rehab Golf Classic is a one-of-a-kind tournament that pairs physically challenged golfers with able-bodied players to increase awareness about golf as a therapeutic tool—especially for those who have survived a stroke, traumatic brain injury or amputation.

Because of the large military population in San Diego, many of the participants are wounded warriors.

The tournament is sponsored by the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital.

"This is a high-caliber tournament orchestrated for adaptive golfers and their supporters in Southern California,” said PGA Professional John Klein, who facilitates the annual event and teaches adaptive golf a year round. "I encourage business leaders and others from the community to come out and participate in this special tournament."

"The SoCal Rehab Golf Classic is the only one of its kind in San Diego area," said Mary Williams, event coordinator and therapeutic recreation coordinator at Alvarado Hospital. "We promote restorative golf programs for golfers of all physical abilities and provide a great opportunity for the physically challenged to play in a tournament format."

The tournament was a four-player scramble format and teams are comprised of at least two individuals with a physical challenge. Participants played 9 holes on a regulation course. Physically challenged golfers had the option to play from designated forward tees.

Last year, Charles Fazzino, one of the most popular and highly collected pop artists of all time, donated a piece of artwork specifically designed for the Rehab Golf Classic and the San Diego community (pictured).

For more information about the 2014 tournament, call 619-229-7362 or e-mail Mary at

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