Spillar doesn’t let disability get in his way

Though Ron Rys was named the Championship Flight winner of the 51st Annual National Polish Alliance National Golf Tournament, Scott Spillar of Irwin, Pa. is the champion of the weekend in my eyes.

When Spillar was 11 years old, he lost his right arm in a tractor accident.

Instead of “sitting in a corner and feeling sorry for myself,” Spillar decided he wanted to live his life to the fullest.

“I picked up golf and some bull riding back in the day when I was younger,” Spillar said. “If you put a challenge in front of me, I am going to try and overcome it. I make the best of it. All you can do is try. At least try it once. I am not the best golfer, but I try.

This year marked the fifth PNA golf tournament Spillar has participated in. Besides bull riding and golf, he has tried his luck at bowling.

“I don’t want people feeling sorry for me,” he said. “I lost my arm, but not my brain or ability to do anything. I want to prove people that I can do anything.”

Spillar also drives a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette which is standard shift.

“I have done some drag racing, too,” he laughed. “I drive standard shift. People ask how I do it. I tell them sit down and I will take you for a ride. It’s a nice car.”

On Friday, Spillar shot a 116. On Saturday, Spillar shot a 115 for a 231 .

Like everyone else who came in from out of town this weekend for the tournament, Spillar enjoyed what Dunkirk has to offer.

“Just the atmosphere and the place,” he said. “It’s a nice course. It’s a nice area to be in. It’s right by the lake so you can’t beat that.”

When asked what the most intimidating challenge he has faced, he noted bull riding.

“When you’re in the shoot with a 2,800-pound bull, it’s a little intimidating. It gets me going.”

Craig Harvey is the OBSERVER?Sports Editor. Send comments to charvey@observertoday.com.