Huge weekend ahead for Sioux Falls golfer Pat Schroeder
by Nick Lenz, Sports Anchor/Reporter
September 20, 2012 6:47 PM
The game of golf can be a frustrating sport.
Pat Shroeder says, "It comes and goes just like any other thing."
Pat Shroeder knows this first hand, being involved in the game of golf since he was young.
Pat Shroeder says, "Back in that time at least my grandpa, my dad and my mom all golfed. So, spent a lot of time at the golf course."
And he’s never let his disability stop him.
Jeff Wilber says, "I always like to tell people I knew Pat when he had two arms.."
Pat Shroeder says, "I was five years old and it was in a grain auger."
Growing up with one arm is tough, but not impossible.
Pat Shroeder says, "I guess there were obviously things that you couldn’t do. Wasn’t going to be a drummer or a guitar player., but my parents they were pretty good at just not letting me say that I couldn’t ever do something."
Jeff Wilber says, "He’s done whatever he could do because mom and dad pushed him to keep trying things."
That mentality continues still today, being that he was selected as a captain for team USA in the Fightmaster Cup.
Pat Shroeder says, "Jokingly referred to as the one-armed Ryder Cup because it’s the same exact format and it’s 12 players from North America versus 12 one-armed players from Europe."
Pat is honoring his country through sports and for other who have seen him progress, it can be emotional.
Jeff Wilber says, "I’m emotional about it right now, because it’s Pat."
And friends say with comradery this event fits Pat perfect.
Jeff Wilber says, "Taylormade for Pat’s personality."
Pat lives his life through the words of his parents.
Pat Shroeder says, "There’s always somebody worse off, number one and number two there’s always a way to get something done."
And picking up a few good friends along the way.
Jeff Wilber says, "Pat Shroeder is my best friend there’s no doubt about that. And what a great friend to have."
While living life and honoring his country one day at a time.