Laurent Hurtubise took a six-iron last month and temporarily became a celebrity when he hit his direct and pure T-shirt shot at a PGA Tour event near Palm Springs. The ball landed on the green and simply rolled toward the flagstick and disappeared for one hole.
His feat video quickly infected with a virus, winning first place in ESPN’s Top Play at ESPN’s “Sports Center” and earning the same honors in a similar show in Canada. Hurtubise, a 61-year-old businessman from the suburbs of Montreal, has tasted the rapids of his propaganda, including newspaper articles that have led to ties to the local Shriners Hospital.
He is now working with Shriners Hospital officials to talk to young patients and spread their inspirational messages. Hurtubise has also set up a foundation to encourage sports for children with disabilities.
My way of stopping childhood bullying, he said on Pebble Beach on Wednesday, saying it was to show the kids that I was bullying me that I could beat them in sports. They look up to me.
Hurtubise, who will play for AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week, was born with a heel in his right elbow. So he couldn’t start hockey or baseball. He was a catcher and joked about joining former major league pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand for centuries, to join the drummer for centuries.
What was it? said, Hurtubise.
He got golf at the age of 11 and grew up to enjoy the self-sufficiency of the game. Hurtubise took lessons from his brother in the professional club and leaned against the strong left side and developed a good swing. He once won the title of the North American One-Armed Golf Championship and the Canadian Amputee Golf Association (he will play nine handicaps at this week’s AT&T).
For Hurtubise, this experience has enhanced the value of the sport to help him gain confidence when he was young.
He said. So, you need to find a way to prove that it is a problem. We’ve reached that level through the achievements of sports.”