Make no mistake, despite it being his first season on the PGA Tour, Aaron Wise is no stranger to success. Wise won the 2016 NCAA Individual Championship as a sophomore at the University of Oregon. Casey Martin, the Oregon Ducks head golf coach, is a huge reason why Wise is playing at his current level.
Casey Martin is largely known to Tour fans for his legal battle with the PGA Tour in 2001. Martin was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a condition that leads to vein malformations along with an overgrowth of soft tissues and bones, among other complications. For Martin, these were mostly present in his right leg, affecting his ability to get around the golf course.
Martin needed to use a cart to travel around the course, and the PGA Tour did not allow it until he opened a court case against them in 1997. After a long battle, the case was taken to the Supreme Court, with the final ruling announced in Martin’s favor.
Martin’s health battles had a tremendous effect on his coaching philosophy. His team activities and drills revolve around high pressure situations and building team camaraderie. Exactly as we preach in our GLT College Coaching Workshops, as well as our GLT Mental Performance Workshops and Seminars, he believes that his players need to face adversity in order to truly live up to their potential.
As a result, Aaron Wise was unflustered all weekend, and won the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tour event in only his 26th start.
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