Blind Boston Golf Champion Joe Lazaro Passes Away At 95

Golf is a team game, Lazaro said upon induction into the inaugural 2007 class of the U.S. Blind Golf Golf Associations Hall of Fame. Lazaro earned such an accolade by becoming one of the greatest visually challenged golfers in history, playing in more than 50 Blind Golf Association championships and winning seven national and two international titles. I tell you it was wicked, he recalled for the Globe in 2008 about his immediate return to the links so many decades earlier. You lose your equilibrium, and when you swing, you fall off your feet. Youve got to develop equilibrium. Achieving that and so much more, Lazaro captured the New England PGAs Man of the Year award in 1980 and what he termed his crowning achievement, the Golf Writers Association of Americas 1970 Ben Hogan Award, proffered annually to to an individual who remains active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. It was during a previous GWAA banquet that Snead proposed a golfing duel and Lazaro accepted — under one condition. We were sitting together at the Golf Writers dinner in 1962 and Sam was the guest of honor, Lazaro told the Wilmington Morning Star in 1984. He told me hed like to play against me some time. I said, Okay, well play and well bet.

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