Golfing honor for Hudson youth

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 7:58 p.m.
Sam Alexander of Hudson will be named Junior Golfer of the Year on Sept. 15 by the Maine Golf Hall of Fame.
Sam Alexander of Hudson will be named Junior Golfer of the Year on Sept. 15 by the Maine Golf Hall of Fame.

HUDSON — Sam Alexander of Hudson will be named the Junior Golfer of the Year by the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in Poland Springs on Thursday, Sept. 15, becoming the first honoree in this new category.

Despite being told he would never be able to play golf again after losing his right leg and part of his right shoulder to cancer, the 14-year-old Hudson resident has persevered and continues to play the sport he loves.

Alexander is an avid golfer; it’s his passion. Despite his battle with cancer, he keeps playing golf several times a week, because it’s what makes him happy.

Before he receives the special honor, Alexander will compete in a golf scramble alongside his Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics clinician, Chris Brydges; and his Amputee Empowerment Partners peer mentor, Chad Thompson.

Joining the group in Poland Spring will be Alexander’s favorite caddy — his mom, who will proudly wear a personalized “caddy smock” with “Alexander” across the back.

Alexander was diagnosed with, and has been fighting cancer since, March 2010. The young man is determined to show the world what it’s like to be an amputee — he believes you don’t have to give up your dreams, and that you can stay active and play sports. His message resonates in the way he’s living life — with strength and an obvious love of the game.

The young golfer was named honorary chairman of the first McDonald’s Heroes-Hope-Healing Golf Classic on Aug. 15 at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono. Net proceeds were designated for a new Children’s Cancer & Treatment Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine in Brewer.

Alexander also participated in the Camp Rainbow Golf Outing on June 20 at Hermon Meadow Golf Club.

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