published Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Luke List, Bryce Ledford big help to Special Olympians

Bryce Ledford, left, and Luke List, right, pause for a photo with Jamie McCurry while conducting a clinic for the Catoosa County Special Olympics on Monday at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.
Bryce Ledford, left, and Luke List, right, pause for a photo with Jamie McCurry while conducting a clinic for the Catoosa County Special Olympics on Monday at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.
Photo by Tim Barber.

Luke List and Bryce Ledford spent part of their Monday morning teaching golf to Special Olympians.

Then a little later, each swung a driver and cleared a fence about 320 yards down the range at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay during a clinic before the Catoosa County Special Olympics charity tournament.

They committed to participate long before List sewed up his spot on the PGA Tour beginning next season. List's mother, Bonnie, is a volunteer for Special Olympics and is the adaptive physical education teacher for Catoosa County.

"I grew up with my mom in the Special Olympic world, and it's so great to give back," List said. "It's fun to support their cause. I'd love to make it a really big event and maybe get some of my buddies [including Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley] and make it a big deal."

List, who prepped at Baylor School, is No. 1 on the Nationwide Tour money list after winning the South Georgia Classic two weekends ago and finishing runner-up Sunday at the Stadion Classic in Athens, Ga.

"I've kind of changed my goals, and my goal is to set records and make a name for myself on the Nationwide Tour," List said. "I've got a lot to focus on."

Ledford, who played at McCallie and UTC, is playing on the NGA Tour and occasionally in Nationwide events. His current focus is to prepare for U.S. Open qualifying tournaments. The Open is being played at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, where Ledford played in the 2008 U.S. Amateur.

"I'm right there," Ledford said. "I feel that it's my time."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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