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November 2019

Final Thoughts with Jeremy Poincenot

Jeremy Poincenot
Inspirational Speaker, Coach, & World Blind Golf Champion
San Diego, California

Jeremy Poincenot is fresh off his eighth national blind golf championship win in September. In February, he was the inspiration keynote speaker at the Golf Business Conference in San Diego. At 19, Poincenot was your typical college sophomore – friends, sports, fraternity and most importantly, perfect 20/20 vision. Then he suddenly lost central vision in his right eye, followed closely by his left. Poincenot, along with his dad as his guide, went on to win won three World Blind Golf Championships and now eight National Championships. Poincenot shared with GBC19 attendees his story about how he learned that with every challenge comes an opportunity for growth.

At GBC19, what was the key message you hope the audience took away with them?
I hope the audience enjoyed our time together and learned that there is something more powerful than independence, and that is INTERDEPENDENCE. Asking others for help and offering to help those around them is valuable to all.
 
After your presentations, you spent a lot of time visiting with the attendees during
the receptions and other gatherings. What did most people want to ask about?
Most people wanted to talk about blind golf, and how I am able to compete as a blind golfer. They were also very interested in learning how their golf courses could better accommodate blind golfers.
 
You also participated on a panel discussion about golf course accessibility under the American Disabilities Act. What do you think is the biggest misconception golf course owners have about accessibility issues?
My impression is that golf course owners think that they need to make a lot of changes to make their course more accessible, but I believe that even minor adjustments can improve the experience for disabled golfers.
 
You travel around the world speaking and competing. What do you think is one of the biggest issues facing golf course owners today?
Changing the overall perception of the game of golf.  I interact with many people who’ve never experienced golf, and they often assume it isn’t a game for them.  I’m thankful that I grew up playing the game and have always had a positive perception of golf, unlike many. 
 
What was the most important take-away for you personally after attending the Golf
Business Conference?
That golf course owners care about the game. They’re passionate about keeping this wonderful game we love growing and as an avid golfer, I really appreciated “seeing” that!

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