SPALDING GOLF | Assistant Coach Teaching Players What's Important in Life

04/03/2017 07:30 PM

Spalding University men’s golf announced the addition of new assistant coach Grant Gupton last month.

Gupton won multiple gold medals as a Special Olympics golfer.

He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and has had to have 23 different surgeries in his life. But, despite all that, he remains very positive.

“From the first moment I met Grant,” said head coach Micheal Carter, “I was just fascinated and infected with his smile and his love for the game and how happy he was.”

Gupton’s brother, Gray, is also a member of the Spalding golf team, which makes it exciting for Gray.

“He knows how to keep us calm during events,” said Gray Gupton.

And despite Grant Gupton being in his role for roughly two weeks, the team’s mentality has already changed.

“He’s been through a lot,” said Gray Gupton. “He’s powered through it and that’s what we need to do. When things aren’t going well, just get through it.”

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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