Golf clinic held Saturday for those with disabilities

Brock Johnson at Possum Trot golf clinic

Improving the quality of life for those with disabilities one swing at a time. That's what the Coastal Carolina Adaptive Sports and Recreation as well as the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center did Saturday by holding a golf clinic for those with disabilities.

Two years ago, Brock Johnson was injured when he dove into some shallow water. He was just 33-years- old.

"I was paralyzed from the neck down and they said that I would never walk again," Brock explained.

Saturday, for the first time since his injury, Brock learned to play golf again.

"It's really cool. I didn't know how it was going to work at all. I love the chair that I've got, the golf cart chair that's adaptive and swings around and holds me in and I'm actually able to drive it myself," he said.

Nearly a dozen people with disabilities showed up to Saturday's free adaptive golf clinic at Possum Trot Golf Course, just one of many new events in North Myrtle Beach for those with physical and visual disabilities.

"Not everyone can participate in everything so we're just giving people a taste of different sports and activities," said one of the event's organizers, Melinda Chappell.

Chappell added that by including new sports like golf, more people are showing up. People like Brock, who refuses to be held back.

"I didn't know how it was going to work and I was able to actually hit a really consistent shot and I used to have one before and I kind of got that back. I see that I can play golf now and actually get better at it," Brock said.

Brock also hopes to inspire others, "If it gives anyone hope I hope that it gives others that haven't tried something like this, the courage to get out and do things."