by Armen Jeknavorian
Lake Park - It's a unique group of people who play golf to benefit others.
Willie Buchanan and about 35 other amputees from the southeast took part in the Southern Amputee Golfing Association's annual Southern Regional Tournament at Francis Lake Golf Course in Lake Park.
The golfers are playing to raise money for the association's scholarship fund.
Willie wasn't a golfer until after his injury in which he became an amputee. It was his brother who encouraged him to take up golf.
"He got into it, and he always tried to get me out there. I told him, man, I can't play golf on one leg. He said, how do you know if you don't try. So I got in the back yard and started swinging the club. I got my balance, and we went out and started playing. I've been playing ever since," said Willie Buchanan, one of the tournament participants.
Currently there are three students in the scholarship program.