Dennis Walters’ dream was to play on the PGA Tour, but in 1974 he was in an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. A story of true perseverance, Dennis wasn’t able to stand so he started hitting balls from his wheelchair. He then progressed to a swivel seat mounted on the passenger side of a golf cart and since 1977, he has made over 4,000 appearances, performed in all fifty states, Mexico, Canada and The UK. He and his dog Mr. Bucky usually do about 100 shows per year. Dennis uses his own personal experience as an example to challenge each person in the audience to do something in their life that perhaps they thought was impossible, for with hard work, dedication, perseverance you can achieve success at anything.
Today at Trump National Doral Miami, Dennis and Mr. Bucky put on a show for about 400 kids and admiring adults on the driving range. With Jordan Spieth and Jason Day tuning up in the background, Dennis put on a show of incredible ball striking and one-liners. However, the essence of the show is to relentlessly pursue a dream and if it doesn’t work out then get another dream and go after it.
Dennis Walters is one of only 11 Honorary Lifetime members, which includes three former Presidents of The United States, Eisenhower, Ford and George H.W. Bush. After the show Dennis spoke with Miami native, quadriplegic and namesake of The Woody Foundation, Woody Beckham, “Yeah, I hit it good today although traffic getting down here was pretty rough, Mr. Buck and I pulled it through, we always do.” A few reporters and several others stood around waiting to get a word with Dennis, they wanted to thank him for his message. Dennis’ message is to inspire – it worked.
First round play of the WGC-Cadillac Championship gets started on Thursday at Trump National Doral Miami. Defending champion Dustin Johnson is part of a 66-player field and goes off at 11:43 a.m. along with Adam Scott and Justin Rose.
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