One-armed golfer from Palm Beach Gardens making a big difference in people's lives

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- What most people struggle to do on the golf course with two arms John Barton does with one.

"It has brought me so far," said Barton. "I feel I owe so much to the game of golf."

John is a former electrical contractor who had his left arm and shoulder amputated after falling into a live power line 24 years ago.

"I had a rec therapist once come into my room and she saw me watching golf and she asked me if I played and I said I used to."

In 2000 John became a charter member of the North American One-Armed Golfer Association. It boasts 300 members and it's making a big difference in people's lives.

"It's a labor of love....it's been a brotherhood," said Barton.

"We just keep striving and keep going," said Tom Hartnett, a member of the NAOAGA. "I've done a lot in my life and this has been a big part of it."

Following 110 surgeries, golf has helped John turn his life around and he's seen it do the same for other members of the NAOAGA.

"First time they come out they're very depressed," said Barton. "But once they start playing with our group of guys it brings 'em out of their shell."

John's ability to overcome a disability is something we can all learn from, on and off the course.

"Our motto is never quit," said Barton.

And he's a perfect example of that.

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