// By Rachelle Hendrickson //
Photo provided by // Tracy Ramin
After a life-threatening accident in 1998 he was given a two percent chance of recovery. He survived, but ended up losing his left leg from the knee down. Tracy spent 24 days in the hospital and he was back on the golf course in just three months.
Tracy, now 47, has been golfing since the age of 13 when his father took up the sport. After his accident, his love of golf grew immensely. Over the past two decades he has become an advocate and golf instructor for people with disabilities, as well as those without. Tracy also loves to share his passion for golf as a volunteer with local youth through churches and sports clinics.
Tracy travels throughout North America and overseas, not only competing in tournaments, but advocating for adaptive golf. He has also helped implement a world-wide ranking system for players who have disabilities.
Currently, he holds the title of U. S. Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA) para-golf team captain, He was the 2018 overall champion of the Michigan Amputee Golf Association (MAGA); is a MAGA board member and has been MAGA’s four-time Michigan state champion. He holds the position of co-executive director of the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) and has been competing in the NAGA Championship since 2007.
In August of 2018, Tracy was instrumental in bringing the 70th Annual Amputee and Disabled Golf Association national championship to the Frankenmuth golf course The Fortress, named as one of the state’s top 25 courses by Golf Digest and Golfweek Magazine
But it’s not his athletic success that Tracy loves most—it’s the friendships he has made through the sport. He continues to share his love of golfing with his clients and family, including his two children. His sons Cruz, 24, and Jules, 19, are avid golfers as well.
Tracy teaches at three local courses: Briar Ridge, Flushing Valley and Beechwood Greens. He is an inspiration to many, and shows that you can do anything you put your mind to. Thank you, Tracy, for being the difference!
If you or someone you know would like golf lessons or to help sponsor golfing events, please contact Tracy Ramin at [email protected]