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4 May 5, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY www.upcatholic.org Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden, legendary UCLA mens basketball coach L ike most golf aficionados, I was im- mersed in the final round of the Masters golf tournament in early April. The Masters is symbolic in that it signals that spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. And, oh yeah, the top men's players in the world are on display with their off-the-charts drives, pinpoint accuracy around the pins and deadly iciency on the greens. It's phenomenal. Their skill, it goes without saying, is incredible. Yet, as I was channel surf- ing on that championship Sunday, when Sergio Garcia emerged with an improbable extra-hole victory, I stumbled across an amazing, inspi- rational story of 6-year-old golfer Tommy Morrissey. For 15 minutes or so, the Masters became but a memory. Morrissey, just a kindergartner, is the cutest thing you'd ever want to see. He struts around the golf course in his beautifully pressed polo and PGA hat. He studies the greens, carefully selects his clubs and attacks the course like a seasoned professional. He's a prodigy of sorts and dreams of becom- ing a professional golfer. And did I mention he only has one arm? Born without a right arm, the bubbly 6-year-old was challenging PGA Tour pros in a one-arm swing-off. Pros and Morrissey hit golf balls using one arm. And, in the clip, he knocked offno less than 45 pro players. It was all part of an event to raise money for their family's non-profit organization, unLIM- Bited, that raises funds to help children with limb deficiencies fulfill their dreams. Morrissey, his father proudly explains, is a natural. He was born to play this game, Joe, 47, said in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. We try to foster as much support as we can with Tommy and give him the skill sets neces- sary to compete physically and mentally in a two-handed world. It just so happens my son has a strong love for the game of golf! Due to an utero interruption (likely a blood clot) which caused the extremity not to grow below the elbow, he was born without a right arm. Yet, Morrissey plays with the best of them, and physically, his father says, can pretty much do anything when it comes to sports and creativity. He's had such a passion for the game since he was a baby, his dad said in the story. Tommy used to sleep with my golf clubs at night. He would drag them up the stairs and get them in his crib. I would show up at the golf course the next day and I'd be missing my clubs! The young golfer studies the game like no other. When most kindergartners are building blocks and taking naps, Morrissey is figuring out how he can better use his sand wedge in a tough bunker or whether the 9-iron is the best choice on a close approach shot. He says his heroes are Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. In reality, though, I'm quite sure Morrissey is their hero. Morrissey is proof that some people view their disabilities, not as a limitation, but as an opportunity. To that end, he travels around the world, showing others it's okay to be different and that the positive spirit can work wonders. God is smiling. I remember once hearing this phrase: A disability is something people have, not some- thing they are. Morrissey epitomizes that spirit in so many incredible, spiritual ways. And, he serves as a wonderful reminder of learning to play with the cards we're dealt, even if they're shled with one hand. (Editor's note: LaJoie is a member of St. Paul Parish in Negaunee. He welcomes reac- tions to his column at jlajoie@charter.net.) Six-year-old golfer dazzles while inspiring many In this world nothing can be certain except Death and Taxes". - B. Franklin Ben Franklin believed only death and taxes were certainties. 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Family minded, budget friendly, Church compliant Holy Cross Cemeteries Marquette: Neil Newcomb (906)225-0191 Escanaba: Dale Stannard (906) 786-4685 HELP WANTED Catholic Social Services of the U.P. is interested in hiring a full-time Licensed Master Social Worker to serveatourIronMountainice. Individual and family benefits are available. For more information please call us at 227-9118. FROM THE SIDELINES Jim LaJoie Ironwood native named outstanding parish leader 50 & 25 YEARS AGO BY LARRY CHABOT FROM OUR SUNDAY VISITOR MAY, 1967 After two years working in a Nigerian hospital, Anne Strelick returned home to Iron Mountain. Sr. Robert Bernard of Bishop Baraga High School was awarded a six-week scholarship in Asian Studies in Hawaii. Father Bill Goodreau was back home in St. Ignace after 20 years as a Jesuit missionary in India. FROM THE U.P. CATHOLIC MAY, 1992 Dr. William Hemes of Escanaba St. Anne's became director of the diocese's permanent diaconate. Catholic schools learned that nearly three million crimes were committed on U.S. school campuses in 1991, with 12 percent involving weapons. Ironwood's Bob Jacquart was named an "out- standing parish leader" by Catechist Magazine.

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