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San Diego's only adaptive golf tournament was held Oct. 11, 2012, at the Riverwalk Golf Club. Sponsored by the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital, this one-of-a-kind event 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 SoCal Rehab Golf Classic is a unique tournament to the 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."

This year, we are pleased to announce that Charles Fazzino, one of the most popular and highly collected pop artists of all time, is donating a piece of artwork specifically designed for the Rehab Golf Classic and the San Diego community (pictured). During more than 30 years as a pop artist, he has inserted his unique, detailed, vibrant and 3D style of artwork into the very fabric of popular culture. Fazzino’s artworks are exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 different countries. This artworkwill be given to the person or company who donates $5,000 to be the event's Anniversary Sponsor (sponsorship opportunities are listed in the brochure).

The tournament provides an opportunity to play in a recreational and competitive event. It is a four-player scramble format. Teams will be comprised of at least two individuals with a physical challenge. Participants will play 9 holes on a regulation course. Physically challenged golfers will have the option to play from designated forward tees.

"The San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital can be proud of the high-caliber tournament that they orchestrate for adaptive golfers and their supporters in Southern California,” said John Klein, PGA Professional, who facilitates the annual event and adaptive golf clinics. "I encourage the community to come out and participate in this life-changing event."

For more information about adaptive golf as a therapeutic tool and upcoming golf events, call Mary Williams at 619-229-7362 or e-mail her at