In golf as in life, it’s the follow through that makes all the difference. When Jeremy Poincenot lost central vision in both eyes at 19 years old, due to a rare genetic disorder (LHON), he thought the game he loved was over. But with a little heart and a large dose of ambition, he quickly learned that his golfing career had just begun. At 20 years old, Jeremy competed in and won the 2010 World Blind Golf Championship, just one year after losing his eye sight. In 2011, he was honored as the San Diego Hall of Champions Challenged Athlete of the Year.
"Like all things, it’s the most difficult trials that shape who we are — and I am a better athlete and person because of golf."
Swinging without seeing and depending on someone other than himself was no small feat, physically and mentally. Jeremy soon realized that being a blind golfer has its perks. He has a guide, his dad, who subs as his “eyes” to help with alignment, track ball flight and read putts. He regularly shoot in the 70s and 80s, and says "I learn something new every time I step onto a course."
By pursuing his passion and sticking with this game through the good days and bad, he has learned invaluable life lessons that translate over to his professional career as an inspirational speaker.