The beautiful thing about the United States Golf Association’s U.S. Open is that it is just that, “open” to ANYONE who can qualify.  Fourteen years ago (1998), the last time the U.S. Open was played at the historic Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco, Stanford graduate Casey Martin did qualify but because of a circulatory disorder he was born with in his lower right leg requested the use of a golf cart in order to compete fairly.  By suing the PGA Tour under the Americans with Disabilities Act and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that walking was NOT a fundamental element of the game, he was granted an injunction to use the cart, finished 23rd, and eventually in 2001 the highest Court in the land ruled in Martin’s favor.  Miraculously on June 4, he was the winning medalist at a U.S. Open sectional qualifier just 12 miles from…

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