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August 17, 2008

The tournament was broken down into several different categories, such as a below the knee flight, an above the knee flight, an arm flight and a doubles flight. After the first day of the two-day tournament, Kenny Bontz and Kim Mecca led in their respective flights. Bontz followed up his 73 with a 75 to win the tournament. Kellie Valentine-Andrews caught Mecca with a second-round 95 to take the women's titleThe tournament was broken down into several different categories, such as a below the knee flight, an above the knee flight, an arm flight and a doubles flight. After the first day of the two-day tournament, Kenny Bontz and Kim Mecca led in their respective flights. Bontz followed up his 73 with a 75 to win the tournament. Kellie Valentine-Andrews caught Mecca with a second-round 95 to take the women's title

From Left to Right: Dave Cook, Tim Vincent and Bob Buck wait to play the par-3 17th. Vincent, the 2002 National Amputee Golf Association champion, shot a first-round 73. Cook, a former sergeant in the U.S. army, was wounded in Iraq in 2007. Buck is the Executive Director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. All three are competing in the Eastern Regional Amputee Golf Championship, held on Bethpage State Park's Red Course in N.Y. on July 29, 2008.From Left to Right: Dave Cook, Tim Vincent and Bob Buck wait to play the par-3 17th. Vincent, the 2002 National Amputee Golf Association champion, shot a first-round 73. Cook, a former sergeant in the U.S. army, was wounded in Iraq in 2007. Buck is the Executive Director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. All three are competing in the Eastern Regional Amputee Golf Championship, held on Bethpage State Park's Red Course in N.Y. on July 29, 2008.

Bill Sturges of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., who lost his left leg in a helicopter crash eight years ago, changes into his golf shoes.Bill Sturges of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., who lost his left leg in a helicopter crash eight years ago, changes into his golf shoes.

Staff Sgt. Michael Stafford, who was wounded in Iraq in 2005, hits his drive down the 18th hole.Staff Sgt. Michael Stafford, who was wounded in Iraq in 2005, hits his drive down the 18th hole.

Kim Mecca of Jessup, Pa., hits a bunker shot on the 4th hole. A softball and basketball player in high school, Mecca has been playing golf for 17 years.Kim Mecca of Jessup, Pa., hits a bunker shot on the 4th hole. A softball and basketball player in high school, Mecca has been playing golf for 17 years.

Steve Kave of Bethlehem, Pa. follows through after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 fourth.Steve Kave of Bethlehem, Pa. follows through after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 fourth.

Dan Stein, 17, of Bethpage, N.Y. shot rounds of 88-86 to place second in the Junior Championship Flight.Dan Stein, 17, of Bethpage, N.Y. shot rounds of 88-86 to place second in the Junior Championship Flight.

Marty Ebel tees his ball up on the sixth hole. Ebel uses a single-rider cart, which allows him full access to the course (bunkers, tees and greens included).Marty Ebel tees his ball up on the sixth hole. Ebel uses a single-rider cart, which allows him full access to the course (bunkers, tees and greens included).

Matt Lees of West Chester, Pa. prepares to hit his tee shot on the par 3 fourth hole.Matt Lees of West Chester, Pa. prepares to hit his tee shot on the par 3 fourth hole.

Matt Lees shows nearly perfect form as he hits his tee shot on the par-3 fourth hole.Matt Lees shows nearly perfect form as he hits his tee shot on the par-3 fourth hole.

Kenny Bontz of Farmingdale, N.J. hits his tee shot on way to an opening-round 73.Kenny Bontz of Farmingdale, N.J. hits his tee shot on way to an opening-round 73.

Marty Ebel hits his third shot on the par-5 fifth hole.Marty Ebel hits his third shot on the par-5 fifth hole.

Don Williams of Southampton. N.Y. strokes his birdie putt on the par-3 fourth.Don Williams of Southampton. N.Y. strokes his birdie putt on the par-3 fourth.

Many different kinds of prosthetic devices were seen at the 22nd Eastern Regional Amputee Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park in N.Y. on July 29, 2008.Many different kinds of prosthetic devices were seen at the 22nd Eastern Regional Amputee Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park in N.Y. on July 29, 2008.

Even this lie was not a problem for Steve Kave, who pitched this ball onto the green.Even this lie was not a problem for Steve Kave, who pitched this ball onto the green.

Executive Director of the EAGA Bob Buck uses a claw grip to send his putt towards the hole on the 18th green.Executive Director of the EAGA Bob Buck uses a claw grip to send his putt towards the hole on the 18th green.

Robert Osbahr of Old Bridge, N.J. hits his second shot on the par-4 first hole, en route to an opening-round 82.Robert Osbahr of Old Bridge, N.J. hits his second shot on the par-4 first hole, en route to an opening-round 82.

Marty Ebel of Sudbury, Mass. watches the flight of his ball on the par-3 fourth hole. Ebel is a trustee of the National Amputee Golf Association.Marty Ebel of Sudbury, Mass. watches the flight of his ball on the par-3 fourth hole. Ebel is a trustee of the National Amputee Golf Association.

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