Deb Lagasse’s connection to the game of golf is the most powerful I’ve ever seen. And she doesn’t even play the game.
Deb’s son Tyler is a 23-year-old golfer. He’s quite accomplished, breaking 80 with some degree of regularity. He’s got a room full of trophies and medals that reflect many hours spent honing his game.
But that’s not why Deb Lagasse loves the game of golf so deeply. Golf provides something more valuable to her than a way for her son to excel. If the golf course isn’t where Deb feels closest to her son, it certainly is the place where it’s easiest to be his mom.
Tyler Lagasse is autistic. While that term is now used to describe a wide range of behaviors, autism is a disability that inhibits one’s ability to make connections with others.
Deb Lagasse is a strong woman—a dedicated, loving advocate for her son. There’s not a touch of drama in her, when it comes to meeting the challenges of raising a child with autism. But the pain was easy to see during our interview as she was describing this fundamental difference in her experience as a mom. And then a big smile broke across her face.
“But not at the golf course. I always get the hug there.” Deb’s theory is that golf gives
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