Deaf Person of the Month
World Deaf Gold Senior Champion
The twelfth World Deaf Golf Championships were held at the Carton House Golf Club, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, July 24-27. 114 golfers from 18 countries participated. Keith Worek of Rochester, NY won the senior men's championship.
An electrical engineer working for a government contractor, he’s a veteran golfer, but not the boastful sort.
He began golfing when he was around 11; his father took him to the courses. He gave it up when he was 15, because none of his friends played, becoming a “star player” in a summer baseball league and at New Jersey (Marie Katzenbach) School for the Deaf in Trenton. He also excelled in softball.
Finally, whe he was 29, having learned that Rochester hosted a Deaf Golf League, he began golfing again, but more seriously. “Of course, it took a while to learn and improve your game. Golf is not like other sports; it’s something you must focus on and practice often.”
In 2014, he almost won the WDGC. (He served as president from 2006 to 2017.) Tied with a Canadian player for first place, he lost to him in the first hole. “Well, that's part of the game.”
The last time a U.S. player took home the handsome silver Senior trophy was in 2006. Worek told us that he felt the pressure but performed well, as did his teammates. He had a fine time at Carton House, enjoyed the exposure to Irish Sign Language (which is related to LSF, since the first Irish school for the deaf was founded as a French National Institute satellite school
The WDGC is a biennial event. The 13th WDGC, marking its 25th anniversary, is being held in Warwckshire, UK, in 2020. Keith Worek plans to be there.