Faster than the Speed of Sight
“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are powerful beyond measure” The legend of Charles Adams will tug at your heart and nourish your soul. It might bring tears to your eyes, making it difficult to see and read. Even more compelling, is the fact that the legend of Charles Adams: is no legend at all. His revival is seemingly unbelievable, so powerful it could be easily dismissed as a talented writer’s fictional figment of born-again lore. His resurgence was beautiful, fragile and yet distorted… at least in the eyes of some beholders. Adams however, will be the first to tell you… that you don’t need to see it, in order to believe it. A promising golfer several years ago, who poured his passion into the course and the ever-challenging obstacles that the course accommodates, Adams suffered a severe setback that made his vision to water his talent –for lack of better terms- very unclear. Aggressive cancer invaded the optic nerves in both his eyes. The affliction basically killed his sight completely. He set his golf-bag down and thought he’d wither in the dark forever. While Adams underwent treatment to save his life; his mother stumbled upon the deliverance he’s never looked back upon since. If he did look back, it wouldn’t matter anyway. “I can see about ten feet in front of me,” said Adams. “Barely. It’s very blurry. After that it’s like looking into a tunnel and there’s nothing but darkness.” The ‘darkness’ Adam’s refers to is real. He is legally blind. Since he picked his golf clubs back up, the cancer –while he remains on medical steroids to control the growth- appears to be just another dusty shot out of the sand- trap and onto the green. Charlie’s latest victory, fittingly enough was just a month ago, in the middle of October. He won the American Blind Golfers’ Association’s National Championship. In 30 mph winds, Adam’s recorded a 90 and 78, respectively, to oust the rest of the entire field. His favorite song is “Paradise City”, by Guns N’ Roses. “It reminds me not to dwell on the past.” In Charlie’s case though, ‘dwelling on the past’ isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In 2012, he won the National title for the first time, planting the seed that confirmed his talent was never out of reach –or in some cases, sight- to begin with. He continues to water that talent, to this day. Since losing his eyesight progressively as a result of the pituitary tumor that pressed through his eyes in 1994, twenty years later, Adams continues to press on the once, self-defied: long, lost dream. As a matter of fact, if you look close enough… you see a man who provides all of us with living-proof that chance favors those who persist. “I didn’t think I’d ever play again,” recalls Adams. “But I had to try”. Perhaps the most decorated athlete of such a seemingly over-looked craft, Adams has won more tournaments and recorded the USBGA’s , a separate entity to the ABGA first and only hole in one: ever. Note: Adams began on the USBGA stage and jumped to the newer and more acclaimed platform because the USBGA did not recognize the vision-impaired as blind. For clarification or more references and information, just search: Blind-Golfer + Charles Adams, the query will likely result –on just about any and every search engine- with, well… according to Adam’s… “It’s up to you if you want to see.” “I went to the range and just started hitting balls again.” Charlie says. “From then on it was all down-hill and I started playing every-day.” The ABGA rules run parallel with that of the USGA and governing body of the PGA tour with the few exceptions of that players may ground their clubs in a hazard and their caddy is permitted to provide actual distance and set the ball while aligning the athlete prior to striking it. Charlie’s vision is 20/800 in his right eye. In order to stimulate any sort of view in his left-eye; hand motion is pertinent. Some people are curious if he would trade his ‘blind accomplishments on the golf course’ for complete healthy eye-sight. No longer dwelling on the past, Adams will answer that question in present-tense. “No. I am very happy with what I do, showing people you don’t have to see it to hit it.” Even more people might be curious as to how one can continue to be fulfilled, despite their failure to see their own glory. Such a misconception: according to Adams and his favorite “hit” of all-time, is:So Far AwaySo Far AwaySo Far AwaySo Far Away……Turn Me around and take me back to the startI must be losin’ my mind“Are you Blind?”“I’ve seen it a million times.”[Chorus]-Excerpted from the “hit”- song: “Paradise-City” By: Guns N’ RosesFollow WTT Sports Editor, Jack Walker on Twitter @MediaStringer and/or email him at Charismatic31@sbcglobal.net.