Blind golfer plays in UAB Optometry's annual golf tournament

Blind golfer plays in UAB Optometry's annual golf tournament

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Kerry Stein. Source: WBRC video Kerry Stein. Source: WBRC video
Kerry Stein. Source: WBRC video Kerry Stein. Source: WBRC video
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Golf can be a frustrating sport, but imagine playing it blind.

Kerry Stein of Cahaba Heights has been blind since birth, is a fine golfer and a big supporter of UAB Optometry's annual golf tournament. This year, it was held at the Inverness Golf Course in Shelby County.

Rick Long is one of Stein's golf buddies and says his friend doesn't treat his disability like it's a big deal.

"He doesn't even approach it like he's got a disability. That's the great thing about Kerry. I mean, I think if anybody could watch him, be in his shoes, or know him, it's not an issue. We don't even talk about it, we never think about it," Long said.

Kerry Stein was born blind, so seeing was never really an issue.

"It's easier when you've had no sight since birth, then if you lose it at birth," Stein said.

But that didn't stop his drive to do everything his friends could.

"When you grow up in a public school with all sighted people, you want to be just like them," Stein said.

Stein is involved with UAB's School of Optometry Board of Directors. He plays in the annual tournament which has raised $100,000 for a research fund, and three $25,000 scholarships to fund research and renovations for UAB's optometry school.

Always modest, Stein dismisses his amazing golfing ability.

"I don't think I have that great an ability ... I've had some great instructors over the years," he said.

But Stein has much more than just great training: he's also got a great heart, and greater determination to live life…no excuses.

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