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More than blind luck by: Leslie Bunder
FILED UNDER SOMETHINGISRAELI >> Sport

Golf
Golf

A 53-year old Israeli who was blinded over 25 years ago while serving in the Israeli army is the toast of Israel's golfing community.

Zohar Sharon stunned golf fans in Israel and across the world with a recent hole in one.
 
Sharon who has a handicap of 20, hit the hole in one during the 15th hole at the Caesarea Golf Club in Israel.
 
"He went crazy. I did not understand what he was shouting about, I thought a snake had bitten him," Sharon said of his caddy Shimshon Levy when he hit the hole in one.
 
When in a tournament or playing with non-Jews, Sharon wears his yarmulke with pride.
 
"I want people to know Im Jewish, he says. I want them to know what Jewish perseverance and courage is all about.
 
As well as playing in Israel, Sharon has travelled to other countries including the United States, UK and Italy to show his skills.
 
In 2003, Sharon won the world championship for the blind in Scotland.
 
Helping the golf champ is Dylan his faithful mixed labrador/golden retriever and who is with him during the 10 hours or more a day he practices his sport.
 
As well as golfing, Sharon also dabbles in art and says it can take him up to four years to complete a painting.
 
The Progressive movement in Israel is organising a tournament next May which features Sharon.

More information at GolfingFORE!Reform: www.golfingforereform.org



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