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Disabled Caddie Denied Cart by USGA


In the wake of the Casey Martin Supreme Court decision, the USGA has expected someone to request a cart in one of their national championships, but what they didn't expect was that that someone would be a caddie.
Thirty-eight-year-old Lee Peterman will caddie at this week's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship for his friend, Arizona State sophomore Ben Flam.
Penterman suffers from cerebral palsey, which is a condition in which a brain injury affects muscle control.
The USGA, which does not allow motorized vehicles in its competitions, allowed Peterman to use a cart in practice rounds but will not allow it in the championship.
Following Mondays first round, Flam told the Associated Press, I still think the ruling was unjust. He has a disability. Its like not giving a wheelchair to someone to get up a ramp.
The USGA disagrees, however.
The Matin case was about competitors and people whose livelihoods are involved, USGA spokesman Marty Parkes said. Clearly that isnt the case.
Penterman considered seeking a court injunction but has decided against it.
Related Links:
10/20/2000: Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Casey Martin Matter
1/12/2001: Martin Receives New Contract
1/15/2001: Just the FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About Casey Martin and the Supreme Court
1/17/2001: Supreme Court Hears Martin Case
5/29/2001: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Martin
5/30/2001: Day After Martin Ruling, Golf Goes On
5/30/2001: LPGAs Votaw Reacts to Martin Ruling

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