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 - 4. P i I Young Golfer With One Leg Trophy...
4. P i I Young Golfer With One Leg Trophy Winner By BILL DICKEY (Sports Staff Writer) Scott Zakany has a golf handicap, but it's not a number he subtracts from his score. The tall, blond 10-year-old called Beaver by his family and friends had his right leg amputated above the knee four years ago, after he was hit by a school bus while riding his bike to school. But the handicap doesn't seem to hurt his game. Last week Beaver finished second in the "E" Division of the Broward Junior Golf Assn. tournament at The Woodlands Country Club, with a seven-hole score of 39. "He was mighty proud of that trophy he brought home," said his mother, Mrs. Stephen Zakany. STARTED TWO YEARS AGO Young Zakany has been playing golf since he was eight. Shortly after the accident, Charles Scanlon, who owns a driving range, offered to give Beaver golf lessons. Scanlon had been taught by an amputee, according to Mrs. Zakany, and he taught the boy a special kind of swing in which he keeps his artificial limb straight. "I can drive about 150 yards," Beaver said, but added with a giggle, "my putting is a problem." Shortly after his accident, Scott said after hearing a story of a handicapped athlete who had achieved success, "I'll bet I can do as good as that." ALSO SWIMS, PLAYS BASEBALL The golf trophy is just another example of how right his prediction was. He swims daily in the pool in the Zakany home, and plays catcher, pitcher, and first base in a Plantation youth baseball league. Next year he'll move up to little league. He rides his bicycle, the first above-the-knee amputee cycler his doctor had heard of. He's a manager for a little league football team. But golf is his favorite sport. Part of Beaver's drive probably comes from his dad, who played for the Chicago Cubs. The boy's room is plastered with pictures of major leaguers, including an autographed team picture of the Washington Senators. His own baseball team photos are up there too. "When he's playing golf, he insists on carrying his own clubs," said Mrs. Zakany. "And when he's with his dad, they walk every step of the course. SOME ADVICE FROM CAPP "Before his accident Beaver showed the most natural athletic talent of any of our four children," said his mother. "It's been an emotional strain on all of us. Beaver has his ups and downs like anyone else, but he's been very brave that makes it easier for the rest of us." In Beaver's scrapbook is a letter from cartoonist AI Capp, himself an amputee, who told him not to regret what he had lost, but to make the most of what he had. "That doesn't mean much to him now," said his mom, "but some day he'll appreciate it. We're determined that everything is going to work out all right, even though it's going to be tough. That's why we're so pleased that he's doing well in golf." I I I I I P

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  1. Fort Lauderdale News,
  2. 05 Jul 1970, Sun,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 57

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