Earlier this year, The Golf Channel’s In Play with Jimmy Roberts aired a special feature on autism and golf. Roberts profiled golf great Ernie Els and his wife Liezl. The Els established the charity Els for Autism in 2009, in honor of their son Ben.
In the piece, Roberts also got to know high school sophomore Ricky Martin, a young man with autism who has a passion for golf. Ricky’s father, Tim Martin, says he doesn’t know where his son would be today if he hadn’t discovered the game of golf at age 12. In May, Ricky scored his first hole-in-one!
Autism Speaks' 16th Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge will take place on Monday, June 16, at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Learn more here.