NORTON (WGGB) — As Tiger Woods and other big names prepare for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston this weekend, the opening ceremonies Wednesday were devoted to the some victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Bombing victims who lost limbs during the two blasts in April were part of a program that provided custom-fit golf clubs to those with disabilities. They were given their own set of adapted clubs and got to test their swings.
Some were finally returning to the game they loved and others learning it for the first time. J.P. Norden lost his right leg when the second blast went off and he says his injury put golf into perspective. “I thought golf was the most frustrating thing until I lost my leg,” Norden said, “and then I realized that getting better was frustrating.”
Mary Daniel also lost her leg, but was taking up the game for the first time. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me to learn something new,” she after testing out her new clubs. “Every day in life, when you learn something new, then you move forward.”
The more than 250 victims of the bombings will be honored throughout the weekend. They’ll be putting up a canvas at the tournament on which people can write messages of support to the victims. That canvas will then make the rounds to other PGA Tournaments before it is presented to the city of Boston at next year’s marathon.
The final round of the tournament on Monday will be “Boston Strong Day,” when golfers and caddies will be asked to wear blue and yellow.