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Updated: 06/18/2014 08:30:05AM

Golf’s Old Magic: ‘Make the most of what you’ve got’

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Venice resident Phil Chirnside was born without a left forearm, but that hasn't stopped the 76 year-old from playing competitive sports throughout his life. He even sports a vanity license plate that says "One Arm" on his vehicle as a "tribute" to his situation.


Venice resident Phil Chirnside, 76, putts during a recent golf outing. Chirnside was born without a left forearm, but that hasn't stopped him from winning golf championships. To see Chirnside's story, please see Page 12A.

Phil Chirnside of Venice, who plays golf using just his right hand, sinks a putt during a recent practice round.

Last year, Phil Chimside recorded the low net score to win the 75th anniversary of the International Society of One Armed Golfers' tournament on the famed St. Andrews golf course in Scotland,after year since 1976. He was also named Florida's Amateur Golfer of the Year for 2013 by the PGA for lifelong “Contributions and Dedication to the Game of Golf.”

Mark Seiden

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Senior golfers know we’ve got to use every “tool in the tool kit” to play decently. When you can’t drive more than 200 yards like many younger players can, you’ve got to outscore them around the greens to be competitive.

But suppose one of the tools missing from your tool kit is your left forearm. What are you going to do then?

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