Community Comes Together to Help Man with Cerebral Palsy Keep Golfing


Kenny Davis’ love of golf began when he was a child watching his father play. Unable to stand or walk due to being born with cerebral palsy, Ken learned to play by crawling on his hands and knees to putt.

As Ken gets older, it has been increasingly hard on his knees for him to continue playing this way, though accepting that he may one day soon be unable to play the sport that he loves was devastating.

That’s when Ken’s community stepped in. The Eagle’s Ridge Golf Course in Curwensville held the Kenny Ryder Cup in an effort to raise money for an adaptive golf cart that will allow Ken to continue golfing without discomfort.

“Getting this cart will be a big adjustment for him but will definitely help his golfing game even more,” says Lydia Quick, Ken’s soon-to-be cousin-in-law.

21 teams participated in the tournament and successfully raised $16,000, more than enough to purchase the specialized cart. The rest of the money will be put toward maintaining the cart so that Ken can continue to use it for years to come.

“The people of this community have been so supportive and all the golfers up here love Kenny, we all know Kenny, we all love Kenny and the guys came out,” said Susan Spaid, a co-organizer of the event.

The course, inspired by Ken’s story, hopes to raise money to help other golfers with disabilities in the future.