Special Olympics athletes hit the greens at the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Golf pros will soon take over the Scottsdale Tournament Players Club for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but on Tuesday, it was all about some very special athletes.

Appearing calm under pressure, Brian Jantzen confidently stepped up to the green to take on this year's Special Olympics putting competition.

"I've been practicing every day before I putt here," Brian said.

Some twenty athletes teamed up with Valley business leaders and local celebrities to give it their best shot on the nine-hole putting course.

"He was so nervous, worried he would make mistakes, but very excited," Brian's mother, Cathy said.

For Brian, this is a big deal.

"He's always told 'no you can't, you're not good enough,' and out here, he's one of the pros. He loves it, so it's exciting for him," she said.

With a large crowd looking on, taking photos, and cheering, Brian and the others set out sinking putts.

There were even a few 'hole in one's" and everyone had a good time.

For Brian, who has been a Special Olympian since he was eight, the crowd was a thrill.

"I have all these people cheering me on," he said.

Organizers tell us the event raises thousands of dollars, and in the end, everyone wins.

"You see all the people that come out here. They're here to support our Special Olympic athletes, but also to see the celebrities and support the business leaders, and I think it's a great event for our community," Tom Harris, with the Special Olympics said.

 

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