Local golfer Kevin Holland breaking barriers on his way to the PGA

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 18:44:13-04

Golf has always been Kevin’s Holland’s game.

“I’ve always loved the game of the golf. I would go out and chip in the backyard growing up,” says Holland.

He takes lessons and plays almost every day.

“Now it’s kind of like I’m ready, I’m focused, I’m getting ready to kind of take my game to the next level,” he says.

He’s working to improve every day, but as his mother, Cindy explains — Holland’s golf game requires even more work than most. Holland was born with cerebral palsy.

“When he was born he has no brain tissue on the left side. The doctors said he wasn’t going to walk, talk, sit, stand, do anything,” says Cindy.

Holland hasn’t let his physical challenges become limitations. At age 32 he’s still setting new athletic goals for himself.

“They think he has some talent and they want to see where he can go with it, see if he can get into the PGA,” Cindy said.

Holland’s instructor Joe Garrisi says the PGA tour is the ultimate goal. “I think he can get there, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work, but he’s got the dedication to do it,” says Garrisi.

“People have doubted me all my life. And I kind of said to them ‘Sorry. I don’t care what you guys say. But I’m going to keep going at it’”, says Holland.

Holland says he knows he has to work harder than other golfers to get to where he wants to be, but that has never deterred him.

“This has been a dream of mine for the longest time, so I’m not going to really stop until I get there.”