Ask Lynsey Ward her favorite thing about Ireland and she'll just smile and hold up her shiny bronze medal.
Ward returned from Dublin June 30 after placing third in her division of the Special Olympics World Games golf tournament.
'We are very proud of her," said Teri Ward, her stepmother. "That was the first time she ever played five days of golf in a row."
The first two days, participants played nine holes each day to determine divisions. The higher score from those games was added to the total from the next three days of nine holes each to give Lynsey a final score of 256. She beat the fourth-place finisher in her division by only one stroke.
"I ended up chipping into the ninth hole," said Ward. Of the 116 golfers from around the world, five were in her division.
Ward's caddie was from Ireland and used a euro to mark her ball all week. Ward brought the coin home with her and will add it to the display case her stepmom is arranging for her awards.
Her caddie also helped her with one of her longest drives ever, about 185 yards. "My caddie had a real wool glove and I put it on and I hit the ball so hard," said Ward.
The caddie brought the glove for Ward to wear between holes because it was so chilly, and Ward accidently left it on for one hole. The temperature was in the mid 60s, and it rained on the last day. Yet, Ward hit par on the eighth hole and made a 30-foot chip on hole nine.
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