D.J. Gregory suffers from cerebral palsy. But the golf fan isn’t letting the affliction ruin his dreams of attending & walking every PGA event this year.
Ed Sherman of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE shares the story of Gregory, who’s already walked in 28 tournaments so far & hopes to stroll around in all 44 PGA events this season.
Gregory, with the help of Jim Nantz of all people, approached the PGA Tour last year about his pedestrian plans. He now writes a blog of his travel adventures on the PGA’s official website - even keeping a running tally of the bottles of water he’s drank (235) and the number of times he’s fallen (19).
D.J. prefers to downplay his palsy, calling it an “inconvenience”. But tour players have admired Gregory’s efforts to not let his condition dampen his desire to enjoy following the game he loves:
Once word of what he was doing got around, players requested that he follow their group. Kenny Perry asked Gregory to be part of his gallery at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“He’s amazing, remarkable,” Perry said. “A lot of these courses aren’t easy to walk. He’s out there every week following us. Awesome.”
In return, it’s also been a joy for D.J. to accompany the PGA players:
“The thing that stands out is that I’ve gotten to know them as regular guys,” Gregory said. “They’ve all been terrific to me. I couldn’t ask for more.”
We wish D.J. the best of luck on completing his tournament task. But he might want to cut down on the sodas (212).