Who We Are
To advance human potential and promote equality through the game of golf.
Serving the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf, including but not limited to access, instruction, and competition at all levels providing a competitive pathway
A national coalition of leading adaptive golf organizations working together to grow the game of golf for the special needs community. Founded in 2014, the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance:
USAGA's coalition started and grew from the desire of several parathlete golfers and adaptive golf organizations who were collectively frustrated by failed efforts to form one voice to speak and act nationally to bring adaptive golf to the disabled population and as a Paralympic sport to the Olympic Games.
USAGA was formed in 2014 under USOC guidelines and is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
- News Releases
- The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund has announced a new permanently endowed scholarship in the names of New England PGA Hall of Fame professionals: the late Ken Campbell and Bob Beach. The Campbell-Beach Scholarship was announced at The Fund’s 15th “Investing in Lifetimes” Reception at Wellesley Country Club on June 20.
- USAGA is working towards including para-golf in the paralympics. This would be the first time that para-golf has been included in the paralympics. Read more in this article from our Chairman, EQ Sylvester.
Board of Directors
Chairman - Edmund “E.Q.” Sylvester is a Director of the Western Golf Association (WGA), member of the United States Senior Golf Association (USSGA), member of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and a triple amputee. Prior to his amputations in 2011, E.Q. was an international businessman having worked forty-one years for Rockefeller (IBEC) companies, General Motors Corp., and his own private company. He is a golf enthusiast having played 18 of the “top 20” golf courses in the United States as well as famous courses in Ireland, Scotland, England and Portugal. His passion for golf coupled with his present physical limitations is his driving motivation for making the Freedom Golf Association (FGA) a success in fulfilling its mission of “bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community (wounded veterans, physically, intellectually, and sensory challenged individuals) through their inclusion in the game of golf.” EQ was granted the Dennis Walters Courage Award at the International Network of Golf (ING) 25th Anniversary convention June 2, 2015. Mr. Sylvester has a BS degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, and has taken a series of business courses from NY University Business School. He lives in Burr Ridge, Illinois with his wife of 54 years, Katharine, and they have three adult children and ten grandchildren.
Vice Chairman - Bob Buck of Bethlehem, PA has been a below knee amputee for the past forty-five years. A graduate of the Choate School, Wallingford, CT in 1960, Bob attended the University of North Carolina for 2 years joining the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity before going into the US Army in 1963. He was stationed in Fort Devens, MA, Sinop, Turkey, Fort Eustis VA & Saigon, Vietnam prior to his honorable discharge in 1966. Bob completed his college education at Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (Bus Admin – 1968) and began his career with Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In early 1969, Bob had an automobile accident breaking both tibia and fibula and was on crutches for a year trying to save his right leg. Finally in April 1970, after over a year’s battle with osteomyelitis, Bob made the decision to have his leg amputated. Turned out to be the right decision! During his career with Bethlehem Steel, Bob worked in the St. Louis, Kansas City, Bethlehem and Philadelphia Sales Offices. Bob retired (2002) after 33 years with Bethlehem Steel as a Senior Accountant Manager in Field Sales. Bob is a former Eastern Trustee of the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) and is the Founder (1986), past President and current Executive Director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association (EAGA). The Association conducts amputee golf tournaments and outings, provides College Scholarships to amputee students and children of amputee members as well as conducts the NAGA’s “First Swing/Learn to Golf” clinics for rehab and golf professionals and individuals with disabilities and their families. In 1994, Bob was given an “Honorable Mention” Award during National Rehabilitation Week for the work he and the EAGA do to benefit the amputee and disabled community.
At Large - Barrett Davie - Barrett's knowledge and understanding of audience engagement, coupled with an expertise for effective integration of content and technology strategies is leading to the development of revolutionary ways for connecting American consumers. This work has been the driving force behind the nation’s first national in venue live event advertising network, the InStadium Alliance. A successful and accomplished business professional, his management, legal, and finance experience are drivers in leading to the successful organization, capitalization, development, and recruitment of world-class directors and advisors to a number of operating companies, both as a senior leader and in an advisory capacity.
At Large - Brian Gold has participated on a number of charitable boards and in other civic activities (e.g. Leadership Greater Chicago, JDRF, Respite House, Ruth Lake CC), and has done pro bono legal work for the disabled and other people who are disadvantaged. On the golf front, he is a former Ruth Lake Club Champion, has been a golf instructor (without pay), has participated in a number of CDGA and USGA tournaments and qualifiers, and currently carries a 2.1 handicap index.
At Large - Michael L. Keiser is the owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which was recently recognized by both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America. Located on Oregon’s South Coast, the Resort now includes five courses designed in the tradition of Scotland’s ancient links. Mr. Keiser also owns Cabot Links Golf Resort in Inverness, Nova Scotia, where there are 2 links-style golf courses, 3 restaurants and 108 overnight rooms. In addition, Sand Valley Golf Resort in Rome, Wisconsin is due to open July 1, 2017, with one Coore-Crenshaw course and a second by David Kidd in construction. Mr. Keiser is active on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations focused on health care, education and conservation. He serves on the following not-for- profit Boards: Evans Scholarship Foundation, the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, the Millennium Park Foundation, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Teach for America, Chicago and Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA). Mr. Keiser is the Founder of the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA), an organization funded by net proceeds from Bandon Preserve golf course, with the goal of supporting environmentally sustainable industries on the South Coast of Oregon by bridging the ecological and economical assets of the region. Mr. Keiser received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College.